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Support Group Options

Traditional support groups- Usually conducted by peers, this form of support is usually informal and gives you first-hand accounts from other caregivers in similar situations. 

Online Support- Ranging from chat sessions to bulletin board messaging, and even mailing lists, this resource continues to grow in popularity and provides quick answers and many opinions to the questions or comments you may have. 
Telephone networks- This form of support is best for those that seek a one-on-one format and timely responses. Also good for those who are unable to make it to regular meetings because of time constraints. 

Whatever one you choose, each of the above options should provide the information and hope you need. Caregivers should hope to see each of the following attributes associated with the support group chosen:

You should feel welcomed and safe in a support group environment 
Meetings should be held regularly and be free of cost 

The group should have ties to community organizations and charities 
Confidentiality needs to be of the utmost importance 

They should stress the need for active participation by all members and offer advice when asked 

Groups work best when run by a group member, usually one who has years of experience at being a caregiver 

Never should anyone be excluded from the group for any reason provided they are a caregiver and are seeking assistance 

The support group should always strive to offer quality advice and support to any and all members in need
 



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