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Is a Caregiver Support Group Right for Me?

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It can be hard for anyone to admit that they need help, but this is especially so for the adult child providing care for an aging parent. The caregiver may be embarrassed, ashamed and in some cases, fear as though they will be seen as a failure if they seek assistance or professional help. However, caregiver support groups are designed specifically to help overwhelmed caregivers overcome such feelings. If you or someone you know is a caregiver, Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Palm Beach home health care, presents a list of questions that can help you determine whether a support group is right for you.

Do you have a non judgmental support system?

Stepping into the role of caregiver comes with a variety of emotions. From sadness about a loved one’s loss or increased dependence to negative feelings such as anger or resentment toward the senior, it is normal for caregivers to feel as if they’re riding a roller coaster of emotions. If you don’t have a current support system in place where you can share your honest feelings without feeling judged, a support group might be the right choice. Support groups are filled with other caregivers in similar situations. It’s often easier for them to empathize with your situation than it would be for a friend or family member who may be a source of unwanted criticism.

Do you have access to resources about caregiving?

Those who have little to know information about caregiving may find that a support group can help. While the internet is a convenient and readily available resource that’s packed with information, it’s often nice to hear the struggles of other caregivers, helping to show that you are not alone in this journey. You are also free to ask questions and can receive tips pertaining to a range of caregiving topics from time management to how to deal with a difficult situation. This can be extremely helpful for family members providing late stage dementia care in Palm Beach County or the caregiver helping a senior who struggles with the complex symptoms of Parkinson’s or stroke.

Do you feel isolated and overwhelmed?

Caregiving can be a lonely and overwhelming experience. Often times, the caregiver will lose touch with friends as they have little time for anything but their care responsibilities. These feelings of loneliness and withdrawal can then result in more serious conditions such as depression and extreme feelings of anxiety that not only affect the caregiver’s health but the quality of care they provide. A support group can be the right decision for those that are feeling isolated and overwhelmed, providing a safe environment for support as well as an opportunity for socialization.

The decision to join a support group is one that is emotional and very personal for a number of caregivers. If you are anxious about going to a caregiver support group in your area, you can always start by joining an online caregiver forum. There are many reliable websites that have a section devoted entirely to caregivers caring for aging parents and loved ones.

For more information about caregiver support, contact Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County today. We offer flexible hourly home care in Palm Beach County so caregivers can enjoy the respite they need or the time away from caregiving to attend a support group. With Home Care Assistance, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing a qualified, highly trained and compassionate individual is always by your loved ones side. Call 561-429-8292 for more information or to schedule an in-home consultation.