July News and Events
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Medication Safety 
           by Shelly Slaczka
As a caregiver it is important to pay attention to medication safety.  It can be hard to get a handle on medication but medications are powerful, especially when more than one is being used.  Medication maybe intended to help make your loved one feel better, but if not used properly the medications can also be harmful.  Here are some guidelines to help caregivers manage medications:
  • Work with the doctor and pharmacist
  • Coordinate with all care providers
  • Ask doctor or pharmacist to check for possible drug interactions
  • Get details
  • Take as directed
  • If swallowing is a problem, ask if medication is available in another form
  • Maintain medication records
  • Use a pill box organizer
  • Develop a routine for giving the medication
  • Use simple language and clear instructions
  • If person refuses to take the medication, stop and try again later
  • Have emergency numbers easily accessible


Next meeting on July 21, 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
You must become a member to attend.

Meeting Location:
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

To register, click here or contact:
Shelly Slaczka

The Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Tuesday August 9, 2016
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Raleigh McKimmon Conference Center 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Durham Convention Center

Thanks to all the caregivers who attended, to all the speakers who provided great content, to exhibitors and sponsors who provided caregiver resources, to adult day centers who provided respite, and to the volunteers!

Congratulations Nicole Bruno for being named one of
Triangle Business Journal's 
40 Under 40

June 4, 2016 Triangle Charity Polo Classic

Radio Show that Focuses on Caregiving Concerns
Did you know there is a radio show that can help you?

Caring Connections with your host Nicole Bruno on
97.9 WCHL.  Reaches mainly the Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham County markets.  Listen in at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.  Or you may find the pod casts of past shows by clicking here.

If you have a caregiving question that you would love to have answered on air or if you have a topic you think we should cover please email: nicole@guidinglightsnc.org.

Do You Know Who I Am?
7.0 CEU Dementia Training

"Do You Know Who I Am?" is an Alzheimer's Disease training program for both family and professional caregivers. It is a participatory, interactive, and innovative approach to learning how to more effectively work with individuals with dementia, especially Alzheimer's. Learn more.
Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute

The Transitions GuidingLights Caregiver Training Institute now offers the DHSR approved Nursing Assistant 1 (NA1) program.  We also have scholarships available to Raleigh residents who qualify.  For more information about this robust and interactive program, please click here.

Information & Referral


Transitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or Click Here To Contact Us


Caring Matters

Transitions GuidingLights offers CPR, AED, and First Aid training.  This is a two year American Heart Association certification. Contact us if you would like to be certified.  

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Awakening Program

The Awakening Program is a comprehensive life management program designed for individuals afflicted with dementia, especially Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Caring Matters

Caring Matters is a 14 video series designed to educate you about the various aspects of caregiving.  Click Here For Videos



Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a weekly radio show for caregivers about caregiving.  This show has entered its third year of production and can be heard locally on WCHL.  All shows are also available via podcast by clicking 

Lending Library

The Transitions GuidingLights lending library houses hundreds of books to aid caregivers in their journey as well as books that will help you to prepare to care.  For your convenience we also have a complete listing of our titles online which can be found here.

Skills Lab

Transitions GuidingLights has a skills lab available. Are you unsure of how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will work with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking here.

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