If you’ve been avoiding joining a support group, you might not be seeing all of the benefits of having a group to call your own. Here are some of the bigger ones.
Your Fellow Support Group Members Have Been There, Done That
No matter how many members are in your support group, there’s a certain number who have dealt with exactly the same situations you’re facing now. They can give you valuable insight that can help you to solve problems you thought were insurmountable.
You Need Emotional Support, Too
As much as your elderly family member needs socializing and emotional support, you do as well. Meeting with other people who know exactly what it’s like to be a caregiver can be incredibly empowering for you. You’ll be able to talk about situations that other people don’t understand because again, these people have walked in your shoes.
You Can Share What You Know
You might not realize this just yet, but you know an awful lot already about being a family caregiver. This is true even if you’re at the very beginning of your caregiving journey. It’s a guarantee that there’s someone out there who is newer to this than you are. You’ll be able to begin sharing what you know right away, which means you’re not going to feel as if you’re simply taking at these meetings. You’ll be giving back, too.
Start with Online Groups, if You Feel Better
It’s not easy to start attending support group meetings without feeling out of place. Some family caregivers find that starting out with online support groups helps to break the ice. The other advantage is that these types of groups are often available whenever you are, which can be unbelievably helpful when you’re feeling in over your head.
You’re Safe There
The best part is that no one is going to judge you at your support group meetings. Everyone there has had feelings that they’re not proud of. You can share your own and know that you’re not alone. It’s a safe space in which to become a better caregiver.
Don’t let a fear of leaving your elderly family member keep you from attending support group meetings. Hire home care providers and know that your aging adult is in good hands.
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