Are you a new family caregiver and feel overwhelmed? Or maybe you’ve been doing this awhile and are feeling burned out? These are both fairly common for caregivers, and it’s important to address them before it’s too late. Support groups are an excellent way to care for yourself as a caregiver and make sure you can provide for your loved ones as best as possible. Garland has a few support groups in the area along with other supportive services to help you out.
The Community Council of Greater Dallas runs the local area agency on aging for Garland and the surrounding Dallas County cities. The AAA can help seniors 60 years and older get services they need to help stay at home longer. They can also help caregivers get the support they need to do their job with ease.
Caregiver services include benefits counseling which helps them understand what kind of care their loved one can afford, care coordination programs to find community services in the area, and chore services. Caregivers can also enroll in their support program to help with things like respite care, transportation, and even meal delivery. There are also classes caregivers can take to learn how to do their job effectively. You can call (214) 871-5065 for more information.
The Alzheimer’s Association knows how difficult it can be to care for someone with Alzheimer’s, so they make sure to provide plenty of supportive services to caregivers. Support groups are just one of these services, and they can help immensely. You can check the resource page to find support groups near you and see when they meet.
You can also join online support groups through the Caregiver Center website. These groups are easy to access and still provide advice and connection. The Greater Dallas Chapter also hosts a Caregiver’s Day out so you can take a break from your duties and spend time away from your home.
If you care for someone who has cancer, then you might want to look into the services offered at UT Southwestern Medical Center. They offer a variety of support groups including a group for caregivers, and they urge caregivers to go to these groups because it can be a cathartic and healthy experience during this difficult time. You can call (214) 645-4673 for more information.
The medical center also has classes you can take to learn more about what your loved one is going through and what you can do to help. There are also therapy groups you and your family member can join to help understand the process and talk about your emotions. You can call the same number above to get more information on these groups.
Winters Park is a nursing and rehabilitation center that provides long-term care, assisted living, rehabilitation services, and more to seniors in the area. They also have respite care for local caregivers and Alzheimer’s care. They have some good information online about different types of care and how to cope with transitions as you age but they also have a support group for caregivers.
The group is for caregivers who take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. It meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the assisted living facility in Garland. If you would like more information about this meeting, you can call (972) 495-7000.
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