A caregiver’s job can be endless some days, especially if you care for a family member and provide all of their daily needs. It’s easy to forget to care for yourself, and soon you run the risk of getting sick or even burning out. One way to avoid both of these problems is to find a good support network to back you up and support groups are an excellent way to do that. Charleston not only has support groups you can join but other supportive services that will make your job easier to handle.
Not many caregivers realize that if they care for a veteran, they can get caregiver support through the local VA. They have a few different services including a caregiver support line that can connect you to information, assistance, or even just someone to listen to your problems. There are peer support groups too where you can connect with another caregiver who is going through the same things you are.
The VA will also help with things like adult day care, in-home health care, respite care, and hospice care. They also have a telehealth system for seniors who need medical care but can’t leave their homes. All you have to do to enroll in these services or find more information is call the Caregiver Support Coordinator at (843) 577-5011.
While Respite Care Charleston mostly focuses on social day programs for people with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss disorders, they have a few programs for their caregivers. This includes a support group that meets once a month in various locations around Charleston. These meetings are safe and confidential places where you can talk about your emotions and struggles or share advice and encouragement. You can choose to go to a peer or professionally led group, and all are free of charge.
Respite Care Charleston also has a social day respite program where you can bring your loved one for a short block of time while you take a break. You can find out more about all of these services by calling (843) 647-7405.
Trident Health Medical Center is a fully functioning hospital that provides emergency services, rehabilitation, and numerous other medical procedures but they do have a few support groups including one for caregivers.
The caregiver support group is free, and it meets every third Tuesday of the month at the medical center. This group is run by the Hospice Care of America and is for any caregiver. Whether you deal with Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinson’s, or just general caretaking, you can find other caregivers to give you support. While these groups are free you do need to pre-register, so call (843) 797-3463 to join.
The Trident Area Agency on Aging runs the Family Caregiver Support Program, which helps caregivers find access to information and services that will help their job. That might mean applying for a respite care voucher or enrolling your family member in a medical equipment loan program.
The agency also has a caregiver forum that acts as an online support group. You can join different conversations and find support where you need it and offer any advice that you have. There is also an online resource guide for caregivers that will help you find any local program or service you need.
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