Support Groups Vital in All Senior Care Settings

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 11 August 2011

Every caregiving situation is different, but no matter what the circumstances, support and encouragement from others in the same role can be of tremendous benefit to everyone involved.

Support groups come in a variety of forms. Some may be sponsored by a senior care community (assisted living, independent living, or continuing care), held on-site, and run by in-house staff; others may be community-based (held at local churches or senior centers, for example) and run by staff/volunteers for the organization (i.e. Alzheimer’s Association support groups are generally moderated by trained volunteers, as overseen by the staff).

Many hospice care agencies also offer support groups for those who are facing a loved one’s death, or for those in the midst of the grief process.

Support groups for caregivers whose senior loved one is the recipient of home care services are also available. These connections are particularly valuable since those caring for someone at home are lacking the larger social network of staff, volunteers, and families that comprise a senior care community.

And, of course, life in the digital age means a wealth of caregiver support resources are accessible on the web all the time, from forums to message boards to TweetChats and more, caregivers at any age or stage can find a place to plug into whether it’s 2am or 6pm.

Check out our comprehensive Caregiving Resource Guide, here at SeniorsforLiving.com.


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