Support Groups For Caregivers

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On January 10, 2014, Posted by , In Caregivers, By ,, , With Comments Off on Support Groups For Caregivers

Coping with the stress and responsibility of your role as a caregiver can feel overwhelming at times. Your attitude, expectations and how well you cope with the situation will play a big part in the quality of life for both you and your loved one. When feeling overwhelmed, there are many places we can turn to for help and guidance.

Most of us already rely on networks of friends, co-workers and family members to help us through hard times. Generally speaking, maintaining close and supportive relationships with friends and family can have an positive impact on one’s health. Even though it is most times the people who are closest to us that are likely to provide the support you need, you may have some reservations asking for help.

You can start by making a list of all the specific ways others could help, and ask one person to assist you with the easiest task. It’s a great starting point, and likely you’ll be surprised at how receptive friends and family can be to helping you out.

Sometimes, however only people facing similar situations as yours can relate properly to your needs. Research has shown that support groups often help people cope better with their situation. Participants of support groups can learn invaluable coping skills and in many cases increase their quality of personal and professional life.

Regular participation in a caregiver support group can be a great addition to your current respite routine. The support and friendships formed can be a great relief from the isolation and stress of daily caregiving. Caring for yourself is an important lesson to learn. Developing a strong support network will be essential to your balance and overall well being as a caregiver.

Finding Support Groups For Caregivers

There are many places to find local support groups. You can ask your doctor or healthcare provider about available groups in your area. Also check with your local church or synagogue, hospitals and medical clinics, health agencies and community senior centers, as well as your county’s Area Office on Aging.

In addition to in-person support groups, there is a wealth of online resources available to caregivers. Similar to in-person groups, online communities can help you connect with other caregivers with similar situations and concerns.

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Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Birmingham or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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