Caregivers Support Group Meetings

Caregivers Support Group Meetings

November is National Caregivers Month!

Our firm believes that caregivers are unsung heroes and in recognition of that, Robert W. Haley and Laura E. Frazier and staff of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia have started a caregivers support group that will meet monthly starting November 29th, 2017 @ 2pm at First Baptist Church in Bassett.  There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be provided! For directions to this event, please click here.

Connecting with others who are essentially facing the same types of issues as you are in your caregiving duties provides numerous benefits. No matter how you go about getting the caregiver support you need, the advantages of joining a support group are endless. Some of the benefits you’ll experience include:

  • A chance to share common experiences. If you feel like you’re the only one who is dealing with a difficult caregiving situation, a support group can put that idea to rest. You’ll meet individuals who probably experience very similar situations day in and day out, and just talking about them gives peace of mind and can lead to you being a better caregiver, plus validate any feelings you might be having.
  • Learning coping strategies. Support groups offer a way to learn new coping strategies by talking to others. Even when you feel like you’re doing just fine, caregiving duties can ultimately begin to take a toll. You’ll be able to discuss what worked for others, finding solutions to common issues.
  • Receiving affirmation that attending to your own needs is vital. Caregivers can often feel guilty about leaving their loved one for any length of time, taking the full burden of their care needs. However, support groups can reaffirm the importance of taking care of yourself; that it’s not selfish to attend to your own needs.
  • Forming friendships to help avoid isolation. Isolation can also become a problem for caregivers, who get so involved in caregiving that their world becomes quite limited. A support group provides not only a way to meet new friends with common interests, but also to avoid isolation that can lead to loneliness and depression.
  • The opportunity to help others. The skills you’ve acquired as a caregiver can be shared with others. In a caregivers support group, you’ll be able to support and help others while receiving the support you need, too.

Being a family caregiver is a challenging, yet very rewarding experience. Don’t forget to attend to your own needs for your own quality of life! To register for our caregiver support group or for more information, please call (276) 629-5381.

 




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