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4 Ways Support Groups Can Help Family Caregivers

Being a caregiver for an aging parent or loved one is one of the hardest jobs many will ever face. It is a huge commitment of time and money, and it takes an emotional toll to watch your loved one’s health transgress. Have you ever considered a support group? Although some individuals relate support groups to individuals who may be helpless or vulnerable, this invaluable network of support may be just what you need during this difficult time.

Besides the obvious advantage of attaining advice and sharing information with peers, Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton shares four specific benefits that you might not have thought of.

  1. Resources you never knew existed.  Has a friend ever told you about a new product that they loved, and it has since made your life infinitely easier? Well, imagine having someone tell you about a resource that could make the caregiving process easier. For instance, you might hear about a new community program or a great mobile app that makes tracking medications easier. Support groups allow people to share their best-kept secrets with others who could benefit from the knowledge.
  2. Strategies to navigate “the system”.  Support groups can give you insight into strategies for working “the system” to get your loved one everything that they deserve. In a perfect world, everyone would receive the best care possible, but the reality is that sometimes you have to fight for it. Many people in support groups have had success doing just that, and they can provide invaluable information gaining access to services, programs, or funding.
  3. New friends when you need them most.  Unfortunately, caregiving can take a toll on your friendships. Many caregivers feel that their friends have abandoned them, either because friends are unable to relate to the caregiver’s new role or they’re frustrated by his or her lack of availability. Support groups can provide a great source of new friendships with people who understand what you’re going through.
  4. A reminder that you’re not alone. Supports groups offer the important reminder that you are not alone in your struggles as a caregiver. Sometimes this alone is a huge comfort during the most overwhelming moments.

If you’re starting to build your support system, also consider in-home care from Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers can provide care on a schedule that best meets your needs. Whether you simply need a break a few hours a day or are interested in Boca Raton live-in care services so you can take the weekend off, we offer flexible care with no long-term contracts required.

To request more information or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager, call 561-826-9282 – we’re here to help 24/7.