Laura Huisking from Generations Counseling and Care Management and I host a bi-weekly Virtual Caregiver Peer Support Group for PAST AND PRESENT Caregivers. Our intention for these meetings is to offer a safe space for caregivers to open up about their challenges, ask questions, and to share their joys, successes, and wisdom with others. Time and again, our participants tell us how being able to speak openly about their current or past situations provides comfort and strength. Exposure to stories and insights and information sharing is particularly helpful if you are in the midst of caring for your loved one, navigating the healthcare system and likely experiencing some challenges.
This is a safe space to talk about the challenges of taking care of a sibling or spouse. The dynamics of people who do not have children and single individuals can be extra challenging, and it is easy to feel alone—perhaps sometimes even resentful. Find others who are in similar situations and experiencing the same feeling of aloneness ... others like you who want to find solutions. Hear that you ARE doing an amazing job.
We all need support and love!