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What Should You Expect from Support Groups?

If you’ve been considering going to caregiver support groups to get additional support for yourself, you might have held off because you didn’t know what it would be like. Every meeting has a different dynamic, so you’ll really only know the specifics once you attend a meeting. But this information can help you to get a general idea what might happen.

Elderly Care in Squirrel Hill PA: Support Groups
Elderly Care in Squirrel Hill PA: Support Groups

They’re Usually Informal Meetings

Caregivers often worry that support group meetings are highly structured and formal events that are stuffy. But that wouldn’t do the average caregiver much good. They’re usually informal meetings so that everyone feels comfortable. The most formal thing about the meeting is likely to be that there are set start and end times so that everyone knows what to expect in terms of timing.

Some Have an Open Format

Most caregiver support meetings have what is called an open format. That means that there isn’t usually a lecture or speaker. Instead, a leader or facilitator might open the meeting and handle introductions. Then the meeting might follow a loose format where the leader asks who wants to speak and the group then flows from there. There might be a typical closing in which other information is shared, but again this tends to be more informal.

You Don’t Have to Share

Just because you’re there at the meeting, you don’t have to share. This is especially true at your first meeting. The leader might ask if you are willing to introduce yourself, but that might be all that you’re asked to do if that’s all you are comfortable with. The more you share, though, the more other members can help you with problems you’re encountering as a caregiver.

You Don’t Have to Be at Every Meeting

Sometimes caregivers worry that once they start going to support group meetings they have to go to every single meeting. That is not the case. You aren’t required to go to a meeting unless you want to go. However, going to meetings regularly can help you to get to know other caregivers. You can start to feel more comfortable with them and they get to know you. It’s all what you’re comfortable with.

After you’ve been to a couple of caregiver support meetings you might start to get a more concrete idea about what that group can do for you. If you don’t feel as if you’re making a connection with one group, feel free to try different ones. You might have to go to a few before you find the right one for your needs.

If you are considering hiring Elderly Care in Squirrel Hill, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care. Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551.

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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