Running errands, meeting demands, working, supervising, and much more goes into being a caregiver. Many people handle these tasks without pay, simply managing the daily activities and needs of a loved one that can no longer accomplish the tasks themselves. These caregivers often have too much on their plates, requiring them to take a break and relax once in awhile. This can be accomplished with the help of a support group in St. Louis.
Eastern Missouri offers its residents an important site with Mental Health America. The mission of the site is to offer guidance on mental health issues and provide support for those dealing with it. This includes caregivers responsible for taking care of their loved one’s needs during this battle with a disease. The group partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a listing of support groups to those who need them.
BETHESDA Hospice Care offers a support group to caregivers where they can express concerns, learn about valuable resources, and receive advice from others. The group facilitator helps each person narrow down a plan for caregiving, including the amount of time they want to continue, when to consider a home, if it all, and a variety of other decisions. (314) 373-7025 is the number to call to sign up for this group. The group meets at 1:00 p.m., and it runs until 2:30. It is held on the third Wednesday every month.
The Cancer Support Community holds a cancer support group available to people with cancer and the family members that take care of them. An initial meeting is held to determine which group best fits each person’s needs. Separate patient and caregiver groups are available. To schedule the first meeting with the program director, hopeful participants must call (314) 238-2000. Oak Hill Presbyterian Church can be reached at (314)771-6872. Their caregivers support group is intended for any caregiver taking care of someone with an illness. One the first and fourth Fridays of the month, the group meets at the church for one hour, from 11 a.m. to noon. On the other two Fridays, the group decides the location.
Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living can be reached by calling (636)-343-6286. The center uses their country kitchen to hold a caregiver support group for anyone who acts as a caregiver for any reason, illness or otherwise. It is free to the public, and lunch is provided. An RSVP is required each time though, so the coordinator knows how many to expect. Sessions run from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
St. Louis has their own chapter in the Alzheimer’s Association. This association is responsible for providing all possible information for those suffering from Alzheimer’s. This includes offering support groups to the ones who care for them, and patients as well. People can use the site’s community resource finder to search for nearby group locations that will meet their schedule.
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