Caregiver support groups
The Day Center holds three Caregiver Support Group meetings every month:
- Second Tuesday of the month at 12:30 PM, held at The Day Center conference room (respite available)
- * NEW* Fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:30 PM, held at The Day Center conference room (respite available)
- Second Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM, held at Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville (respite available)
Please call our Caregiver Support Coordinator at 616-355-5153 for more information.
Monthly Support Groups
A caregiver support group can be defined as a gathering of caregivers, family, friends, and other interested parties who meets to discuss the many issues related to providing quality care for a loved one who is experiencing a disease or condition. It provides education and support for the caregiver. Research has shown the importance of social support for those caregivers that experience the physical and emotional stress of being a caregiver.
A caregiver support group can provide the following:
- A safe, supportive, confidential environment for sharing feelings and coping skills in a nonjudgmental atmosphere
- An opportunity to talk and share with other caregivers who are going through or have gone through the same experience
- A place to learn coping skills, saving you much trial and error
- Assurance that you are not alone
- Encouragement to maintain personal emotional, physical and spiritual health
- Tender loving care from people who truly understand your situation because they are "all in the same boat"
Support is offered on an individual basis by giving a family caregiver an opportunity to be heard, to communicate how giving care to a loved one affects them each day and to obtain counsel and support if desired. An assessment is completed at first contact with the caregiver to determine if the caregiver is at risk for "caregiver burnout." Suggestions and resources are offered.
Education for Caregivers
A six-week training course, Creating Confident Caregivers, is offered intermittently throughout the year. This training offers information and skill development to better manage stress and increase effective care-giving. The course covers learning about dementia's effects on the brain, managing behaviors, handling everyday activities, caregiver resources, improving care-giving skills and much more. This has shown proven success as a tested, evidence-based program, designed and presented by dementia specialists.
For upcoming training dates contact our Caregiver Support Coordinator at 616-355-5153 or via email.