Caregiver Services

 

Caregiver Support Groups

A caregiver support group is a gathering of caregivers, family, friends, and others who meets to discuss the many issues related to providing quality care for a loved one who is experiencing a disease or condition, while providing 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 caring, safe, supportive, confidential environment to sharing feelings and and coping skills

  • An opportunity to talk and share with others who are going through or have gone through the same experience

  • Encouragement to maintain personal emotional, physical and spiritual health

 

The Day Center holds five Caregiver Support Group meetings every month:

 

Second Tuesdays of the Month

12:30 pm at The Day Center Conference Room (respite available)

3:00 pm at Christ Memorial Church in the Green Room (entrance D)

Third Wednesdays of the Month

2:00 pm at Fennville United Methodist Church

Fourth Tuesdays of the Month

12:30 pm at The Day Center Conference Room (respite available)

3:00 pm at Fellowship Church in Holland in Room 104

Please contact our Caregiver Support Coordinator at 616-355-5153 or via email for more information.


Individual Caregiver Support

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, offers information and skill development to better manage stress and increase effective care-giving. The course covers 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.

Please contact our Caregiver Support Coordinator at 616-355-5153 or via email for more information.