Caregiver Coffee Hour
You're a caregiver.
New the the journey, or seasoned by the road.
You've got things to say, but no one can relate.
Caregiver Coffee Hour at Adult Care of Chester County connects you to other family caregivers facing the same daily challenges you are facing. Come out, share your challenges, learn helpful tips, form friendships, feel supported in this role of love you have undertaken.
Benefits of ADS for the Health and Well-being of Family Caregivers: Evidence and Implications
Support Group Meetings
Looking for a convenient way to get in touch with other local caregivers? Don’t forget that Adult Care of Chester County hosts hosts a Caregiver Coffee Break twice each month. We begin at 10:30 AM and usually end around noon on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Come anytime; no registration is required. Feel free to bring a friend. Add a spring in your step this month with a healthier you by taking time for yourself. Attend one of our Caregiver Coffee Breaks to share refreshments and friendships while receiving the support of others through tips and information offered. If you would like to bring your loved one with you, please let Kim know so we can plan for our guest to participate in the program activities while you attend the meeting.
May 8 - Annie Amoon, Professional Home Organizer giving tips to downsizing a home and organizing clutter.
May 22 - the topic is to be determined.
Call Kim at 610-363-8044 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why Should You Consider Attending a Support Group Meeting?
One of the questions we ask on our quality improvement surveys is whether the individual answering the survey has attended a support group meeting. For those who have not, we ask them to share their reason(s) for not attending and most often the response is centered around the lack of “time”. Some replied that they attend a support group elsewhere or don’t feel the need to take part in a support group. I’ve attended workshops that suggested calling them by other names like “Caregiver Coffee Hour”. Another thing we’ve learned is that, while sharing is beneficial, learning is critical so we offer an educational aspect to each of our meetings. Our Caregiver Coffee Hour held at our Exton center is a small friendly group of caregivers that share helpful hints and support, letting one another know they are not alone in their struggles with being a family caregiver. For the February 8th, meeting two physicians will be present to talk about issues of aging, health and caregiving. If you’ve never attended one of our meetings, make this your first. If you haven’t been for awhile, consider coming back. Listed below are the “benefits” of participating in support groups taken from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/support-groups/art-20044655?pg=2&p=1
Benefits of participating in support groups may include:
· Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
· Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
· Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
· Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
· Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
· Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
· Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
· Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
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