Caregiver support groups are useful for
caregivers. They get lonely in addition to feeling exhausted and
drained unless they start taking care of themselves from the day they
start providing care. Such a support group is the ideal place
for a caregiver to feel understood.
How do you find out if you need
You can find out by locating the self assessment
questionnaire for caregivers at caregiving.org/resources/publications. You will see the link for the questionnaire when you click on
Resources for Family Caregivers.
It is very difficult to...
to understand that they need to take care of themselves so they can
continue to provide care to the recipient. Quite often the needs of
the care recipient increase with time and the demands on the
caregivers' attention and energy rise. If they have not accepted the
idea of taking care of themselves right from the start, they are even
more resistant at the later stages of the care giving. Caregivers
present several different kinds of excuses when it is suggested to
them that they join a support group.
In the U.S. you can find...
support groups by going to caregiver.com/regionalresources/ . Select your state from the map and then select your county and you
will see a list of caregiver support groups in your county. Usually
the support groups listed meet in the real world, rather than meeting
online. If you do not find a support group in your county, try
contacting a local hospital, social worker or other local
Online Caregiver Support Groups:
An online support group that is quite
active, easy to join and easy to use is http://caregivers.supportgroups.com/
It is quite a good idea to search for
caregiver support resources on the internet. You may be able to do so
while you are with the care recipient.
One wonderful resource is mylifeline.org/page.cfm?page=caregiverresources.
That website recognizes that loneliness is a problem for caregivers
and care recipients. The website also provides you with solutions to
overcome the loneliness.
In general it is very good to conduct an
active search online for support groups because there is a wide range
of support available from organizations and government agencies. The
more you search, the more you can find support that is specifically
useful to you.
...caregivers can avoid
loneliness if they join support groups, whether online or off-line. I
have provided a few resources but it is a good idea to search for
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