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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
Meetings should be held regularly and be free of cost
The group should have ties to community organizations
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
The support group should always strive to offer quality
advice and support to any and all members in need