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
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Improving your coping skills
- Reducing distress, depression or anxiety and having lower rates of clinical depression
- Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Improving your caregiving ability and giving better quality of life for the older adult
- Helping you keep your loved one at home longer
How to find a local caregiver support group
- Local hospitals or community centers almost always have handouts with lists of local support groups, check there first.
- For support groups that are focused on specific conditions, check the websites for information about local meetings. Popular sites include:
- Enter your zip code in the Eldercare Locator to find the Area Agency on Aging for your city. Call them to ask about local support groups.
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.