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 provides the following:
A caring, safe, supportive, confidential environment for sharing feelings 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 & Fourth Tuesday of the Month
12:30 pm at The Day Center Conference Room (respite available)
Second Tuesday of the Month
3:00 pm at Christ Memorial Church in the Green Room (entrance D)
Third Wednesday of the Month
2:00 pm at Fennville United Methodist Church
Fourth Tuesday of the Month
3:00 pm at Fellowship Church in Holland in Room 104
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.