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What Should You Look for in a Support Group?

Joining the right support group can feel complicated, especially if you’re not always adept at joining social situations. When you know what you’re looking for in a support group, though, it’s a lot easier for you to figure out whether the ones you’re interested in are a good fit for you.


Home Care Services in Cranberry Twp PA: Senior Support Group

Home Care Services in Cranberry Twp PA: Senior Support Group


You Feel Welcomed and Secure

No one wants to keep meeting with people who make them feel judged or unwelcome, so it’s not unusual to expect to feel comfortable and secure in a support group, too. The group should have some guidelines to let people know what kinds of behaviors are acceptable and you shouldn’t feel as if you’re forced to share anything that you don’t want to share.


It’s Confidential

Speaking of guidelines, there should be at least a few that govern protecting your information and what you share. It’s not beyond reason to expect that your conversations stay within the support group instead of being shared all over the place. It’s meant to be a safe environment and that means keeping conversations confidential.


It’s Convenient for You

If meetings are too inconvenient for you, you’re not as likely to attend them, of course. This means that they need to fit into your schedule and they should be convenient for you to access. With online support groups, this might be a little bit easier to accomplish. For in-person support groups, having senior care providers you can rely on to take over for you with your elderly family member can help to bring those meetings more into reach.


You’re Learning and Also Sharing Information

The best types of support groups are the ones in which you can not only learn as much as you need to learn, but you can also help other caregivers. It’s really difficult to find a situation in which you truly have nothing to share with other people that can help them, so it might help to remind yourself of that fact. Even if it’s a small tip you’ve learned, it’s worth sharing with other caregivers. You’ll gain an immense sense of accomplishment from being able to share as well as accept help.

The good news is that you don’t have to stick with a support group that you don’t feel is right for you. Keep trying, because there’s definitely a support group that has the right combination of features that are perfect for you and your situation.

If you are considering Home Care Services in Cranberry Twp, 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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