Health
Thursday, April 30, 2002
Safe Sitter classes offered
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two-part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. on June 15 and 18. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $25. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611 extension 2540.
’I Can Cope’ Cancer program
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer will co-sponsor a workshop for people with cancer, their family and friends. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2002 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nursing Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Road in Seaford. The workshop is designed to address the cancer pain-related concerns of adults who have been diagnosed with any form of cancer. It is also designed to address the cancer pain-related concerns of their loved ones — spouses, partners, adult children and other relatives and friends who may be affected by the impact of pain on the life of a cancer patient, as well as on their own lives. Participants are encouraged to bring loved ones with them, although anyone who prefers to attend the workshop alone may do so. The I Can Cope workshop gives participants an opportunity to share their concerns with others having similar experiences and to design ways to cope with the challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis. Guest speakers include professionals in the field of cancer management. In addition, videotapes, print materials, and class discussions provide up-to-date information for patients, family, and friends. There is no charge for I Can Cope, but registration is required. For more information contact Whitney Pogwist at the Salisbury American Cancer Society office in Salisbury at 410-749-1624 or toll free at 1-800-937-9696.