Find caregivers support groups online
Online caregivers support groups exist so that caretakers have a place share and connect with people who are in similar situations. Maybe there is no local support group near you, maybe you couldn’t make the time to go if there were, or maybe you’re just a bit bashful. On the other hand, on the Internet you have the chance to bond with caregivers from different towns, cities, states, and even countries. Since it could be a little difficult to know where to start, here are a few suggestions.
This caregiver support forum allows users to post questions, find answers, and start a discussion. Topics of conversation include burnout, work and life balance, emotional and physical wellbeing, financial and legal matters, health conditions, and more. Here caregivers can find practical advice, inspiration, or simply vent their frustrations.
Here you can find several different group, each dedicated to a specific condition or topic, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, COPD, addiction, cancer, stroke, diabetes, caring for a patent or a spouse, assisted living, home care, senior health, end of life, and even a group devoted to the humorous side of caregiving. Additionally, you can submit an idea to start your very own group.
This website provides links to groups dealing with different types of cancer like brain tumor, lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer. It also offers telephone groups for caregiver and loved ones support, and for glioblastoma, and just in case, face to face groups in Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey. Moreover, there are education workshops, including podcasts and publications. You can also ask a cancer expert, or read stories of help and hope.
The Family Caregiver Alliance has four different online caregivers support groups; the Caregiver Online Group for families, partners, and caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s, stroke, and other debilitating conditions, the Huntington’s Disease and Movement Disorders Online, the LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender caregivers, and the Link2Care Support Group for caregivers in California, and long-distance caregivers of people in California.
These are just a few examples, but you can go and find the one that suits you better. It all comes down to the fact that you’re not alone, and don’t have to be alone. All you need is a computer and Internet connection; resources that you should have anyway in order to provide better care.