8 Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups

benefits of caregiver support groups

You’re not alone in this

Caregiving is a tough and isolating experience. But caregiver support groups are filled with people in similar situations. Finally! People who actually get what you’re going through!

 

How caregiver support groups can help

Support group members validate each other’s experiences. It’s a relief to know that what you’re going through is normal and that you’re not the only one with these feelings – negative or positive.

Support groups are a great place to ask for advice, find out about useful resources, and just vent about your frustrations. Nobody will judge you because everyone is going through the same struggles.

After all, there’s no instruction manual for being a caregiver! And let’s be honest, being forced to learn everything by trial and error just sucks. Why not learn from someone else’s experience?

 

8 benefits of caregiver support groups

Research has shown that participating in caregiver support groups results in very real benefits that can significantly improve your quality of life.

Caregivers in support groups report 8 key benefits

  1. Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  2. Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  3. Improving your coping skills
  4. Reducing distress, depression or anxiety and having lower rates of clinical depression
  5. Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  6. Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
  7. Improving your caregiving ability and giving better quality of life for the older adult
  8. Helping you keep your loved one at home longer

 

How to find a local caregiver support group

 

Bottom line

Caregiving is difficult and everyone struggles with the day-to-day challenges. Instead of feeling abandoned and suffering through on your own, try a caregiver support group. It’s a helpful place that can make your life easier, reduce stress, and improve your health.

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Sources: NIH, Mayo Clinic
Image: Learning Disability Carers Community

4 Comments

  • Reply November 15, 2016

    Barbara Clark

    Is there a CareGiver Support Group in Naples, Fl.? I have been caring for my mom who is now 1 month short of her 105th Birthday. She is for the most part blind and extremely hard of hearing.
    Now, a home bound bed patient. Very sharp mind.

    • Reply November 16, 2016

      DailyCaring

      That’s amazing that your mom is 105 years old! You’ve got some amazing genes in your family. It’s great that you’re looking or a support group, it’s an effective way to reduce stress, talk with people who understand the situation, and find out about local resources.

      In Naples, FL, I’d suggest calling local hospitals to see if they have any caregiver support groups. I’d also suggest calling the Area Agency on Aging for Collier County (phone number here http://aaaswfl.org/) to find out about local support groups. They don’t include that type of information on their website. Local assisted living communities often have support groups and I assume they’d welcome anyone from the community, not just relatives of their residents. I wish we could provide more specific info, but online information is limited. I hope these suggestions help you find a great group!

  • Reply April 7, 2015

    Irene Dockins

    For family caregivers in the San Mateo CA area, ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine offers a monthly support group- first Wednesday of every month (next one May 6) at 6:30 PM at Hope Lutheran Church 600 42nd Ave San Mateo. Call 650-357-8834 X1 for details/information. Group is free and participants are wonderful. Join us!

    • Reply April 7, 2015

      Connie Chow

      Thank you, Irene!

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