Monthly Caregiver Classes

Classes for those caring for their loved one — personal and professional insight from BJC employees who care.

To register, call: 314-996-LIFE


DATES: Second Tuesday of the month, from March-December. Classes and materials are free to the public. Attend only the classes that are right for you. Classes don’t need to be taken consecutively and do not build on each other.

TIME: 1-2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Missouri Baptist Medical Center, main hospital entrance, 3015 N. Ballas Rd., St. Louis, Mo., 63131, Auditorium 1

  • No charge for classes or materials.
  • Attend one class, any or all.

Supporting the Caregiver

March 13 & Aug. 14
Learn about signs and risks of compassion fatigue (caregiver burnout) and ways to help. An experienced medical social worker will provide coping techniques and resources for caregivers.

Practical Tips for Day-to-Day Home Care

April 10 & Sept. 11
Health care professionals, including a registered nurse and a rehab therapist, will provide helpful advice in providing daily home care giving.

Legal Matters and Goals of Care

May 8 & Oct. 9
An attorney will present information on important legal matters to address with your loved ones. A palliative social worker will share ways to discuss goals of care and longterm planning. Advance Directives will be discussed.

Home Care Choices and How to Find Assistance at Home

June 10 & Nov. 13
Learn the difference between insuranceapproved skilled home care and other home care choices, including private duty, home medical equipment, supplies and other resources to help in the care of your loved one.

Medication Management and Nutrition

July 10
A pharmacist will give tips for setting up, storing, recording and managing medications. A registered dietitian will teach you how to help meet dietary requirements and manage physician-prescribed diets.

Alternate Therapies

Dec. 11
There are many ways to cope with caregiver stress and different therapies will be discussed, such as music therapy, massage therapy, art therapy, aromatherapy and more! This will be an experiential class, with demonstrations provided by the speakers.

Instructors are specialists with BJC Home Care Services and BJC Hospice at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Additional experts will also supplement class instruction, where indicated. This is not a class for continuing education credits or patient care technician certifications. Thank you to the Patient and Family Advisory Councils of Progress West Hospital, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, and Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital for their input on the class content.