Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups

Nobody said being a caregiver was easy, but the person who is the hardest on you is most likely you. You think you can handle it all and keep the weight of the world on your shoulders, but the problem with that is you’ll eventually cave under that weight. A caregiver support group can help.

Caregiver Apopka FL - Benefits of Caregiver Support GroupsSense of Comradery

Being a caregiver often gives you the sense that you are isolated. You spend all of your time with the elder under your care, which can leave you feeling lonely. Family members also have high and often unrealistic expectations of you, which might leave you feeling judged when you don’t meet those expectations. You will find others experience the same feelings in your support group and they can offer sympathy, support, and share their coping mechanisms with you.

Coping Mechanisms

Speaking of coping mechanisms, one major benefit of a caregiver support group is everyone will share their stories and the various ways they cope with their daily responsibilities. You may be going to the support group to receive help from its members, but you’ll help others in your shoes as well. Swapping coping mechanisms gives everyone new tools they can employ in their daily jobs, plus you can all brainstorm to find solutions to difficult problems that do not have an easy fix.

Relieves Depression

Many caregivers suffer from depression because the situation can feel dire. When you have others to talk with who suffer from the same chronic sad feelings you do, you will find your depression becomes more manageable. This does not negate the need for professional help, though, so keep this in mind. The support is an added benefit to the treatment you may need or are already under.

Sense of Control

All of these benefits equal thing: more control. If you’ve had a bad day, you cannot take it out on your elder. Caregiving requires the patience of a saint, as losing control could lead to unneeded stress for the elder as well as other people who care about you both. A support group is there to alleviate your frustrations so you manage your emotions effectively.

Your time as a caregiver is one of the most difficult situations to be in, so be gentle with yourself. Feeling depressed, helpless, isolated, judged, and even out of control are common in caregiving. Other caregivers feel the same way, so listen to them, support them, and let them support you.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver Services in Apopka FL, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today.  Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.

 

About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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