Caregivers sometimes struggle from caregiver burnout or stress. Doctors and other healthcare providers may suggest that you try a caregiver support group to manage the emotional aspects of the role. But, with so many caregiver support groups out there, how do you decide which one is right for you? Below are some tips that may help.
Know Your Options
Spend some time considering all the options that are available to you. Look for in-person groups in your community. Find out if they are peer lead or lead by a professional facilitator. You may be able to find a support group that is geared toward your aging relative’s specific condition, such as a group for Alzheimer’s caregivers. If an in-person group isn’t for you, you may be able to find one online that suits your needs. The benefit of an online group is that you can check in on forums and messages when your schedule allows.
Try a Few Groups
It’s okay to try a couple different groups. You’re not stuck with one just because you attended one meeting. Trying different kinds of groups can help you to find the one that you feel most comfortable with.
Give Groups a Second Chance
While you’re trying out different groups, consider giving the ones you’re not sure about a second chance. Sometimes it takes a bit to get comfortable with people and feel like you want to share your caregiver struggles.
Use Community Resources to Find Groups
If you’re not sure where to start looking for a caregiver support group, try using these resources:
- The Internet.
- Hospital social workers.
- Organizations that deal with your older family member’s condition, such as the ALS Association.
- Local senior centers or Agencies on Aging.
- Churches in your community.
- Ask for Recommendations.
If you know other caregivers, talk to them about support groups. Ask if they belong to one or if they know of any. Often word-of-mouth recommendations are the best kind. And, if you attend a group with someone you know, it may help you to feel more comfortable.
Look for Positivity
Although one reason for being involved in a caregiver support group is to have somewhere that you can vent your feelings, you don’t want to get mired in negativity. Look for a support group that provides a space to talk about feelings and concerns, but that has a community focused on uplifting and supporting one another instead of just complaining.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregivers in Slaton, TX, please contact the caring staff at Best In-Home Care (806) 412-0723.