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The caregiver’s role
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A support group, is that for me?

As a caregiver, you have several options for support and information. Individual meetings with a counsellor and training workshops on various topics are good examples.


Go for it

Have you ever considered participating in a support group? Although some of you may be reluctant to participate, particularly because of the sharing of your experiences in a group, we see many benefits for caregivers in our practice.

 

Share and free of loneliness

For example, many of the caregivers we accompany at the Caregiver Support line Service tell us that they enjoy meeting people who are experiencing similar realities and understanding that they are not alone in this situation.

It also allows them to break out of their isolation, expand their network and talk about what they are going through. It is also an effective way to learn from the experiences of other caregivers and apply practical tips to their context or acquire knowledge related to the disease or issue.

 

Easy meetings and answers within reach

Support groups can take the form of a coffee meeting or an open or closed group where new caregivers can join the group along the way. Themes are discussed during the meetings in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere where respect and confidentiality prevail. The frequency and duration of meetings may vary from one group to another.

The groups are led by a facilitator and can address a specific issue, such as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease, or be open to caregivers of seniors of all ages and illnesses. Groups are also available for bereaved people.

Feel free to contact one of our caregiver counsellors to discuss the services that best meet your needs.


Sources

L’Appui pour les proches aidants d'aînés in collaboration with Audrey Allard, caregiver counsellor.