Medical care options and training for caregivers offered through the Care Compass program – BG Independent News

The Care Compass Project serves as a quarterly network gathering for caregivers and those who may become caregivers in the future. Care Compass is a place to gather information and get resources to make the caregiving journey less stressful.

The next session, focused on estate planning and how to complete your advance care directives, will be held in person and virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling green.

The Care Compass Project is free and open to all caregivers and community members, but requires pre-registration by calling 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661 or by emailing program

Zoom login information will be provided during registration upon request.

A luncheon sponsored by Brookdale of Bowling Green will be provided to the first 25 Wood County residents who register for the session and attend in person.

The program agenda is as follows:

11 a.m. – This session will cover “General First Aid for Caregivers and When to Call 911.” Emergencies that may require caregivers to administer medical aid to an elderly loved one can happen to anyone, at any time of the day or night. Are family caregivers prepared to meet the health needs of older adults? Are you? Of course, if it’s something traumatic, the first thing to do is call 911. If it’s not life-threatening or while waiting for first responders, caregivers need to know what to do. Learn what to do in case of falls, choking, poisoning, medication errors, cuts and skin tears. This session will be presented by Dr. Steven Bills, Bowling Green, TeleMeMD LLC.

12:00 p.m. – Session two will cover the best supplies to keep on hand in case of a medical emergency, learn about how wounds develop, the best treatment options, and best practices for caring for one loved one suffering from skin problems. This session will be presented by Craig Smith, Wood County Hospital.

The CARE Compass Project is sponsored and presented to the community by: Brookdale of Bowling Green, Wood County Committee on Aging, Golden Care Partners, Ohio Living, Optimal Aging Institute of BGSU and Wood County Hospital.