Support groups can help you find ways to manage your levels of stress through the exchange of ideas and caregiving tips.
Meetings are held in the evenings, during the day, once a week, or twice a month. Groups can be held in schools, community centers, churches, synagogues, senior centers, and more. They can be topic-specific or general in nature.
If this sounds like something for you, contact your local Caregiver Resource Center to find out more about the groups in your area.
The following information explains some of the different types of groups available and can help in choosing the right one for you.
- Educational groups invite speakers to come and talk about various topics during the scheduled meetings. The goal is to provide information about specific caregiving needs or particular topics.
- Therapeutic groups provide a confidential setting where you can speak freely about what you're feeling about your caregiving, without being judged. These groups are focused more on emotional support through the sharing of experiences.
- Self-help groups are led by a group member. Social workers or other mental health professionals are consulted as needed, outside the group.
- Counseling groups are facilitated by a mental health professional, such as a social worker. Counseling groups are typically therapeutic in nature, but may also include an educational component.
- Population-specific groups are designed for specific groups such as family members, spouses, and care receivers in early stages of their illness.
- Language-specific groups are becoming increasingly available for those whose first language is other than English.
- Telephone support groups are held over the phone for caregivers who are unable to leave their home or who prefer this type of support. These groups are typically 50 minutes and are generally free of charge to caregivers. Groups are topic-specific.
Telephone Support Caregiver Resource Centers