Debra King and Pati Bedwell Certified to Teach Caregiving Seminars

Debra King and Pati Bedwell, both Elder Care Coordinators at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs, were among seven people in Tennessee recently certified to teach Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a groundbreaking self-care program for family caregivers. 

Debra King is a Licensed Master Social Worker who joined the Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs in 2006. Her previous experience as a discharge planner with a major Nashville hospital gives her a deep understanding of caregiving needs and challenges during the long-term care journey. Pati Bedwell joined Elder Law Practice in 2015 after working as a District Long-Term Care Ombudsman covering a 13-county region in Middle Tennessee and an Activities Director for a nursing home.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program that provides caregivers an array of tools to manage the emotions associated with anger, guilt, and depression which are normal and expected companions of caregiving. Applying these tools enables caregivers to give the very best care they possibly can to their loved one. Caregivers learn how to not only survive, but thrive during their caregiving. The course, based on the highly successful Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University, was developed and tested over a three year period. 2,200 class leaders in 39 states have delivered the material to 80,000 participants over the last two decades. Follow-up studies have validated its effectiveness in reducing the stress burdens of caregivers. During the six-week program, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers, communicate more effectively in challenging situations, recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions.

To request a Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop, contact Elder Law Practice at (615) 824.2571 or email 

Recent graduates of the Powerful Tools for Caregiving Program are now certified to teach the program in Middle and East Tennessee. From left to right (front): Catherine Pippin, Chattanooga; Debra King, Hendersonville; Kim Phillips, Lebanon; (back) Christin McWhorter, Chattanooga; Pati Bedwell, Hendersonville; Tabitha Satterfield, Nashville; and LeAnn Beck, Chattanooga. 

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