When you are the primary caregiver for a parent or family member, it is essential that you take the time to care for your own health. Neglecting your personal needs can lead to caregiver burnout. Preventing caregiver burnout is important to us at Oaks at Douglasville, an assisted living and memory care community in Douglasville, Georgia. One way to help with the stresses of providing care for your parent or relative is to participate in a caregiver support group.
3 Benefits of a Caregiver Support Group
It is common to feel isolated and alone when caring for a parent or relative full-time. Caregiver support groups help you realize that you are not alone. Listening to others’ similar experiences and sharing your own provides an outlet for your emotions and creates a sense of community.
It is easy to feel like you are the only one who deals with the stresses of family caregiving, but caregiver support groups show you that others can easily relate to you. Gaining the perspective of other caregivers can make a huge difference in your personal caregiving experience.
Access to Advice and Additional Resources
Other caregivers may be in your exact situation. It can be helpful to hear how they are dealing with these circumstances and what has worked for them, enabling you to implement new techniques into your caregiving routine. Learning new ways to handle your caregiver responsibilities and finding new resources may make your caregiving journey easier.
Join Our Monthly Caregiver Support Group
On the third Tuesday of every month, Oaks at Douglasville hosts a caregiver support group that provides a way for family caregivers to connect. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of residents and their families, so our monthly caregiver support group has gone virtual.
Our topic for the month of August is, “Managing Seniors’ Finances.” Malcolm Lewis, financial planner and CPA, will be present to answer any questions that caregivers may have.
We invite you to join us Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 PM EST via Zoom for our virtual caregiver support group, led by Cheryl A. Francis, LPC, CPCS.
For more information, contact the Oaks at Douglasville community. We look forward to seeing you!