Leading Communities Toward a Culture of health

Seniors & Caregivers

The Senior & Caregiver Education and Training Program educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for seniors and those who are caring for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability.

You may ask, “What is a Caregiver?” A Caregiver is when one person takes responsibility for meeting the needs of another. Examples include caring for a spouse or a loved one, caring for your aging parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, or providing medication administration, transportation, & housekeeping for another. This innovative program helps empower family and informal caregivers with support, education, and tangible resources.

Our Mission is to help transform family caregivers’ lives by removing barriers to health and well-being.

Our Goal is to Empower You to:

  • Believe in Yourself.
  • Protect Your Health.
  • Reach Out for Help.
  • Speak Up for Your Rights.

“Caring for the Caregiver” Education Program

Included but not limited to:

  • Nutrition: Healthy Eating
  • How to Talk to Your Provider
  • Care Options for the Elderly/Disabled
  • Communicating Effectively: Mental Health
  • Communicating with the Elderly
  • Conflict Management
  • Connecting Communities with Agencies
  • 3D’s Dementia, Delirium and Depression
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Elder Abuse/Self Neglect
  • End of Life Planning-Living Wills and Directive
  • Fraud Awareness: Empowering People to Prevent Fraud

Chronic Disease Self-Management Training Program

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based workshop conducted over 6 sessions, meeting weekly for 2.5 hours per session. The workshop is designed to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume a major role maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions. Participants are adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and diabetes; family members, friends and caregivers may also participate. The program provides information and teaches practical skills on managing chronic health problems.

Diabetes Self-Management Training Program

The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) follows the same format as CDSMP, but is focused on diabetes.  Stanford University researchers found that participants had increased exercise, decreased disability, better symptom management, better communication with their physicians, and fewer physician visits/hospitalizations when receiving training on Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management.

Call Gateway to Care For more information.

Workshops are also available in Spanish.

Gateway to Care’s Senior & Caregiver Education and Training Program is made possible through a partnership with the Harris County Area Agency on Aging (HCAAA) which is a part of the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services.  HCAA was established to provide federally funded social services for the elderly, 60 years and older, as authorized by the “the Older Americans Act”.