Informational support group opens doors to caregivers
Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:33 pm
The Messenger, May 12, 2011
Those responsible for providing care for chronically ill or disabled family members can sometimes feel overwhelmed, especially when it is impossible to exercise much control over the situation or when dealing with unfamiliar demands and rules. Members of Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City are teaming up to serve as an informational source for these caregivers.
The first meeting is set for May 19, 10-11 a.m., in the Christian Life Center at the church at 1422 Pleasant Valley Ave. in Union City. Mike Hoffman from Baptist Hospital’s Behavioral Health unit will speak on emotion involved in caregiving. He is the caretaker for his father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers.
The program is open to those who are looking for answers or direction in finding medical/health supplies; on finding assistance in locating home care, in learning to be empathetic with a family member dealing with illnesses such as cancer or Alzheimers, or in preparing for the future role of caregiver.
“You are not alone,” a spokesman said. “It’s important for you spiritual, mental and physical health to have support as you offer so much to someone else in need. This informational support group is ready to help you.”
For more information, call Linda Harding at 335-0227 or 885-5420.