You might have scoffed at the idea of attending support group meetings for caregivers, especially if you’re constantly busy. But there are reasons to go, especially if you’re doing too much.
Others Have Been Exactly Where You Are
One really pervasive problem in caregiving is that it feels as if you’re all alone with what you’re facing. The reality is that others have been exactly where you are and there are people fighting that same battle right now, too. If you don’t encounter anyone who is right there with you, though, you have no idea. Support groups are the ultimate way for you to fully understand that you are not alone.
Validation and Emotional Support
What hearing from other caregivers does for you, besides making you feel less alone, is to give you an emotional support system. Your feelings around caregiving are validated and you aren’t fighting to feel heard. This is incredibly powerful, as you’ve probably noticed when you validate your senior and her feelings. You can talk about situations with other caregivers and not have to justify what you’re feeling or why you’re’ feeling that way.
You Know a Lot More Than You Realize
Another factor in all of this is that most caregivers feel as if they have no clue what they’re doing. You might feel as if every day is just you going through the motions and not really having a handle on this whole caregiving thing. Going to a support group meeting puts you in touch with caregivers who are more experienced than you are as well as caregivers who have less experience than you have. It’s eye-opening to realize that you really do know what you’re doing.
It’s a Safe Space to Share Within
When you share what you’re feeling with other people who aren’t caregivers, you might feel as if they’re judging you. That can be especially true if you’re sharing the less “pretty” aspects of caregiving. Other caregivers understand all of that already and they’re not there to judge you for what you’re feeling or for sometimes wishing you weren’t the one in charge.
Online Groups Help, Too
But what if you’re not ready for an in-person meeting? Online support groups can give you a lot of these same benefits. They can even help you to see that you need more support for yourself, thereby motivating you to find an in-person group in your area.
One of the biggest reasons that caregivers avoid support groups is because they think they can’t get away. It’s worth taking this time for yourself for so many reasons. If you’re senior definitely can’t be left on her own, hire elderly care providers to help you have this time and space.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Rochester, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.
Alliance Senior Care provides all the services that a senior would need to remain in their own home, housekeeping, meal preparation, companionship, bathing, dressing, shopping, errands and transportation to activities, as well as care coordination and Geriatric Care Management Services. Alliance Senior Care has expertise in providing dementia care, Alzheimer's care, hospice care, identifying alternative financing solutions and care coordination. Alliance Senior Care has developed relationships with the largest Long Term Care Insurance companies in the industry including; John Hancock, Lincoln Financial, Bankers Life, CNA and others. Dina has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. She left her career in corporate Finance to start Alliance Senior Care with her husband, Brian. Dina has also had the very personal experience of caring for her own family members. She is an active member of the Aging Life Care Association.
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