Importance of Caregiver Support Groups

Aug 9, 2023 | Newsletter, Summer 2023

Participating in support groups can be beneficial for caregivers, offering them a critical lifeline in their caregiving experience. These support groups provide a safe and understanding space for caregivers to share their experiences, concerns, and emotions with other caregivers who are in similar situations.

How caregiver support groups can help:

  • Emotional Support: Caregiving can be emotionally draining, leading to stress and anxiety. Support groups can provide an environment where caregivers can express their emotions and find solace in knowing they are not alone.
  • Information & Resources: Support groups can offer knowledge and information on various aspects of caregiving, including medical, legal, and practical advice, empowering caregivers to make informed decisions and navigate challenges more effectively.
  • Validation & Understanding: Caregiving can be an isolating experience as others may not fully comprehend the complexities involved. Caregiver support groups can help validate caregivers’ experiences, allowing them to feel understood, acknowledged, and valued. Sharing common challenges and triumphs can foster a sense of belonging and normalize their feelings.
  • Coping Skills & Self-Care: Support groups can provide a platform for caregivers to learn effective coping strategies, stress management techniques, and self-care practices. By prioritizing their well-being, caregivers can enhance their resilience, maintain their health, and continue providing quality care.

Support groups can be invaluable for caregivers. Caregivers Network with Sourcewise hosts a Caregiver Support Group every first Thursday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom, and every third Tuesday of the month from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in person at the Cupertino Senior Center. Caregivers Network is available to support you every step of the way of your caregiving journey.

For more information about caregiver support groups, speak with a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1.