Family caregivers have a tough job, caring for another person’s health while caring for your own can be overwhelming as much as it is rewarding. Many times, caregiving for someone living with Alzheimer's or dementia is unknown and while other family members may help, it usually falls to one person in particular. Finding yourself in this uncharted territory may bring on a variety of emotions including fear, guilt, sadness and even anger. These emotions can leave you feeling emotionally and physically drained and altogether, stressed. To help mitigate this stress, it is important caregivers find support through family and from outside sources.
One of the ways Franklin Park hopes to help family caregivers is through monthly support groups. Our support groups are designed to provide emotional, educational, and social support for family caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. We encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health to be able to efficiently care for their loved one living with Alzheimer's or dementia. We hope through these support groups that participants deepen their problem-solving skills and become more adept at handling the stress that accompanies caregiving.
Even with support from other family members, attending a support group lead by professionals with people who are experiencing similar situations can be beneficial for first-time caregivers. These support groups provide an environment where caregivers are free to share, interact, and learn from each other in a safe environment.
In addition to in-person support groups, many organizations offer online support groups available for anyone who is caregiving for family members. One of these resources is Family Caregiver Alliance – which offers several different online support groups.
If you would like to join us at a Franklin Park Community for a caregiving support group, please find our schedule below.
Franklin Park Alamo Heights
Where: 230 W. Sunset Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
When: Every 3rd Monday of the month from 11 am to 1 pm.
The Landing at Stone Oak
Where: 19110 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258
When: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6 pm to 7 pm