How to Care: Locating a Support Group
Questions to ask
- Is this the right group for you? Does it address your concerns?
- Do you need to meet face to face with others?
- Will telephone or online support suffice?
- Are you comfortable sharing your intimate feelings with others?
- Are you willing to listen to other people's difficulties?
- Are you deriving benefit from the group?
- Does the group leader maintain control or do meetings lose focus, leaving you frustrated?
Too many caregivers claim they don't have the time to attend support
groups. Please make the time; it's critical for your survival.
- Determine what you need from a support group.
- Find out if there is an existing group that meets your needs.
- Discover sources of information about support groups
- self-help clearinghouses and resource centres
- social service agencies
- volunteer bureaus
- community agencies
- health, disease and disability associations
- seniors' centres
- churches and other religious institutions
- hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities
- professional therapists
- newspaper listings
- community services directories
- community services listings
- the Internet
- Visit support groups with similar concerns
- Join the group that best meets your needs
- Start your own support group, if necessary.