As a family caregiver, you spend your days taking care of those around you, but it’s important that you take care of yourself, too! Finding a caregiver support group, especially one geared towards family caregivers, can be an excellent outlet for the stressors of your daily life.
In today’s blog, we’re digging into how to find a support group and reasons why you should join a caregiver support group in your area. If you find this blog helpful, please share it with a friend!
Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic and under social distancing recommendations, you should look for support groups that offer virtual options for getting together, such as videoconferencing on Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangout.
Reasons to Join a Caregiver Support Group
Do you ever feel like you’re living in a bubble? Are your friends sympathetic to the daily stressors of your job, but are they still unable to truly empathize?
The number one reason to join a caregiver support group is to find like-minded individuals who can “really” relate to your situation. Only other family caregivers can truly understand the ups and downs and emotions that go hand-in-hand with caregiving. These groups are a great place to find new friends and mentors.
Another reason to join a support group is the ability to compare notes, share tips and advice, and gain more confidence in what you’re doing. You can also share your experience to help others, as there will always be someone less experienced than you.
How to Find Caregiver Support Groups In Your Area
To make your search easy, we’ve compiled this list of links to Minnesota caregiver support groups:
- AARP Minnesota Caregiver Resources
- Family Caregiver Organizations from the Family Caregiver Alliance
- Wilder Foundation
- Roseville, MN Support Groups
Are you on social media? Sites like Facebook also offer private groups for online discussions. You may find these to be less organized and personalized than a formal support group, but they could still be a great outlet for you.
We hope this blog has inspired you to seek out a caregiver support group near you. All family caregivers can benefit from talking to others who work in the same field.
Want More Resources for Caregivers?
For more information and resources on caregiving, please contact the team at Best Care. We are ready to encourage and assist you with finding support and education regarding family caregiving resources.