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St. Petersburg Support Groups for Caregivers

Caregiving can be demanding, and you want to be at your best at all times, which means taking breaks and finding a respite care program to help you recharge. You can also search for local caregiver support groups, education, training, and in-home services to make your job as a caregiver easier. Here are some great resources in the St. Petersburg area to help you be the best caregiver for your loved one.

The Alzheimer’s Association of the Florida Gulf Coast

The Alzheimer’s Association offers various programs for caregivers including training, care consultation, support groups, and guides to local resources.  

The Helpline is available 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900.  You can ask any questions, find information on local services, financial inquiries, treatment options, and get a care consultation.

There are training programs available to help you learn about the disease.

Local support groups help you meet with other caregivers to share ideas and learn from others’ experiences.  You can also get emotional support just by talking to someone you know who understands. Alzheimer’s Association has a virtual community for caregivers across the nation to speak to one another if you have a hard time attending meetings.

For more information on these programs, you can contact a local office or call the Helpline.

Gulf Coast JFCS

The Gulf Coast Caregiver Support Groups help those who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, stroke, or Parkinson’s disease. These groups give comfort and understanding to let the caregivers get the information they need to be at their best. This is an excellent way to relieve stress and get advice from others. There are weekly meetings.  

Bay Pines VA Health Care System for Veteran Caregivers

Caregivers of veterans can find assistance from the VA’s Bay Pines Health Care System. Programs and services available include:

Respite care for caregivers at adult day centers or in the home

Helpline available for all questions and information at 855.260.3274

Caregiver support groups

Home care including homemaking services, skilled nursing care, and home health aides

Hospice home care

Your local services coordinator will help you understand eligibility requirements and can answer any questions at 727.398.6661, extension 12099.

Pasadena Community Church Caregiver Support

The Pasadena Community Church offers caregivers support groups to share with others in a confidential setting. Caregivers are encouraged to share joys and also concerns with others to learn from one another. Most caregivers are caring for someone with a memory disorder, but everyone is welcome.

Meetings are Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. The address of the church is 227 70th Street South in St. Petersburg. You can call the church with questions at 727.381.2499.

Area Agency on Aging

The Area Agency on Aging offers support for caregivers through programs such as:

Personal Care – help your loved one with getting dressed and personal hygiene

Household Chores – assist with meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation

Companionship – provide friendship and listening ear when you are not available

Respite – get a break or temporary relief from care

You can learn more by calling the Helpline at 1.800.963.5337.

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