Caregivers have plenty of options when it comes to support groups. The majority fail to realize though, that there are so many sessions available. Portland offers numerous groups at various locations, with different dates and times set. This diversity ensures there is a group that every caregiver can find the time to attend.
Oregon and Southwest Washington are served by Providence Health and Services. This non-profit organization includes a network of Catholic facilities, including churches, hospitals, and home health centers. They understand the benefit of caregivers to patients, and because of this, offer a range resources designed with caregivers in mind. Caregivers can contact the Resource line to learn about the information available. The line can be reached at (503) 574-6595.
The Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association understands how difficult it can be for caregivers to make it to a meeting. Which is why they have a telephone group available. People can simply call in to get the support and answers they are looking for, rather than having to travel to a face-to-face session. The telephone group runs on the first Monday each month between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Registration for the group is done by calling (800) 272-3900.
There is also an online group for those that want or need 24/7 access to support. Members can log in anytime of day and find helpful tips, advice, answers, and more. While there may not always be someone else online to talk to, there will always be reading material to peruse. Much of the material offers advice and answers important questions.
The V.A. Portland Health Care System through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a support group for caregivers taking care of a former service member. People can enroll for the Caregiver Support Program by calling (503) 273-5210. There is also a Caregiver Support Line. The number for that is (1-855) 260-3274. This line is available for:
• Community Resources
• A Caregiver Support Coordinator
The Caregiver Support Program offers a drop-in support group. It meets twice a month, on the first and third Monday. Participants meet at Room 109 in Building 101 of the VA Portland. Sessions start at 1 p.m. and end around 3 p.m. There are also yoga classes offered. Gentle Yoga for Family Caregivers is the name of it. Safe stretches are done to help enhance the mind and body, which can make people more relaxed and ready to get back to their daily routine of caregiving. The sessions are free and are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. They run from 1 p.m to 2:15. All skill levels are welcome. It is held in the same building and room as the support sessions.
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