Caregivers often find themselves feeling isolated and fatigued. They may feel an urgency with their caregiving situation to do everything they can to improve the situation which can lead to frustration, stress and burnout. Please know that these feelings are not unique. Accepting your indispensable role in this situation also means accepting the importance of your own well-being. You cannot know how long you will be caregiving, and if you are determined to see it through, self-care is part of your job each day.
Because maintaining the emotional health of the caregiver is important not only to the caregiver but to patient care as well, hospice offers along with one-on-one support in the home, caregiver support groups. These groups focus on caring for yourself and learning the coping skills you need to do so. Support groups also allow you to share with other in similar situations as your own.
Through the support groups you will learn to:
- Realize you are not alone
- Believe in yourself
- Protect your health
- Reach out for help
- Speak up for yourself
For more information check the interactive calendar on this website. If we do not currently have a Caregiver Support Group planned please contact the Social Worker in the HPHPC office in your area and we can discuss the possibility of starting one.