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Starting and Running A Caregiver Support Group
Where Should We Meet?
The number one priority usually is
“Where are we going to meet?” A good first choice is a
local hospital: you can probably reserve a classroom or
small auditorium for your meetings. The education
department, administration secretary, or human resources
usually know whom to contact. Some groups meet at a
church, synagogue, community center, YMCA, library or
even a physician’s conference room. The meeting place
must be easily accessible and physically as well as
psychologically comfortable. Also check with local
nursing homes, adult day centers and assisted living
facilities as they directly benefit from caregivers
being exposed to their facilities. Also, if a loved one
must accompany the caregiver, there is a place for them
to go. All should be free of charge.
Helpful Hints When Looking for
These are some ideas to consider:
Is there a cost?
Are tables and chairs available?
Can I arrange them in a circle?
How many will the room hold?
Is it handicapped accessible?
Is the room adequately
air-conditioned and/or heated?
Is a restroom location near the
Is there a telephone available near
the meeting room?
How far is the entrance from the
Name and number of person in charge
of this area?
Is a kitchen available?
Would the facility assist in
advertising that your group is meeting there?
When Should We Meet?
You probably will have to poll the
interested parties regarding the best time to meet - day
or evening, weekday or weekend, as well as how often.
The most successful groups are well planned and plan
well. It helps to have a regular pattern: the first
Monday of every month or every Tuesday.