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Can a Support Group Help When You’re Caring for Mom?

Caregivers in Princeton MA

Meeting of Support GroupYou’ve been taking care of your elderly mother for some time. As a family caregiver, you have a lot of questions and frustrations. It doesn’t seem that anyone is willing to listen to you, though.

You may be burning bridges and not realize it. The stress you feel as a caregiver is taking a toll but you don’t know where else to turn. While it’s a good idea to learn as much as possible about home care support services, you can also benefit from support.

What is a support group?

This is generally a group of people who share common interests, activities, or jobs. As a family caregiver, you need to realize this is truly a job. It’s not just something you do out of love, but something that your mother relies upon and that takes a tremendous amount of your time, focus, and energy.

This support group would be involving several other caregivers, whether they are professional caregivers or family members looking after elderly or disabled loved ones.

You can learn new strategies.

You may be trying to figure out the best way to support your mother and, without prior experience doing this type of work, are going to be fumbling through, making mistakes, to learn those strategies.

When you get the opportunity to listen to other caregivers and what they’ve done, strategies they’ve developed, you may discover there are things that could benefit you and your mother in this particular situation.

Understand what may come.

You may be thinking short-term, but what if your mother requires long-term care? What will happen if her strength and health declines more? How much more pressure is this going to place on you, your time, your strength, and even your own health?

You might be able to get a better perspective, an overview, of what to expect when you get to hear stories from other family caregivers.

You might even be able to help others.

There may be other individuals, men and women, who are just starting out as a family caregiver. You might be able to offer them insight that can be incredibly valuable and help them reduce at least some of the stress they will feel with this particular type job.

You can share your experiences.

Whether it’s venting about something that happened, frustrations you feel, or anything else, when you get the opportunity to speak and other people listen, it can help you reduce at least some of the stress you feel.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Worcester, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (508) 917-6649