Support

CAREGIVER EDUCATION

Caregiving can be overwhelming. It is important to remember you are not alone, you are part of a community of spouses, friends, adult children, relatives and neighbors who are doing the difficult work of caring for a loved one. Connecting with others to talk about your experiences is a proven way to manage stress and become more confident in your role as a caregiver. Senior Connections offers programs to support you on your unique caregiving journey.

 

Caregiver Coaching – Our professional caregiver support team is trained to help you navigate difficult decisions, explore caregiving resources in our community, and develop caregiving plans that support you and your care partner. Please give us a call at 804-343-3000 and ask to speak to a Caregiver Support Specialist.

Self-care Strategies – Caregivers often neglect to take care of themselves in meaningful ways - they prioritize the care of a loved one over their own, not realizing that the best outcomes for the caregiver and the care recipient occur when emotional and physical needs of both are met. When a caregiver takes time to address their own basic needs, the quality of care they provide others improves, as do their own long-term health outcomes. Adequate sleep, exercise, proper nutrition and mental rest are the building blocks of self-care. These look different for everyone . . . Exercise can be as simple as taking a short walk outside; mental rest can occur while on that walk, or while reading a book, or spending time with friends. If you’d like help working out a practical plan that helps emphasize your own well-being please contact our Caregiver Support Specialists and check out our page on Respite Resources.

Support Groups – connecting with others who are facing similar challenges gives you an opportunity to socialize, share tips and experiences, solve problems and provide a safe space for you to share your feelings. Below are virtual and in-person support groups in our area that focus on Caregivers.

Current Support Group List