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Where Can You Find Support Groups for Caregivers?

Finding support groups in your area can be intimidating at first, especially if you’re a new caregiver. Once you do start finding groups, though, you’ll realize that they’re far more prevalent than you thought before you started looking.

Caregiver in Cotati CA: Finding Support Groups

Caregiver in Cotati CA: Finding Support Groups

National Organizations Sometimes Have Groups.

If your elderly family member has a specific health condition, try checking that organization’s website. These national organizations often list local meetings where you can meet other people helping aging adults with situations just like your elderly family member’s.

Your Senior’s Doctor Can Point You in the Right Direction.

Your senior’s doctor can also help you to find a support group in your area. In fact, they may have a list they can hand to you when you ask. This is often one of the easiest ways to start out finding support groups that are easy for you to get to on a regular basis.

Agencies that Help the Elderly.

Local agencies that help the elderly also understand what it’s like to be a caregiver. They may have support groups for specific issues as well as for general caregiving issues. If you’re having a difficult time finding these types of agencies, your local health department can get you started on finding them. Being new to caregiving sometimes means you’re not aware of all the agencies in the area that help aging family members.

Hospitals and Mental Health Practitioners Offer Support Groups.

Another excellent source for information about support groups can be hospitals and mental health care practitioners. Often the meetings even take place at these locations. You might be able to find a much wider array of different types of meetings, too, which can help you to narrow down a specific focus if that’s what you want to do.

Community Centers and Libraries.

You might also want to check with local community centers in your town. Very often these centers have support groups that meet regularly on a variety of topics. Libraries may also list this type of information on community bulletin boards. These locations are often also where the meetings are held, which makes them very convenient.

At first it seems difficult to find caregiver support groups. But once you realize where to look, you can find many more than you expected. This helps you to pick and choose which groups might best meet your needs. Don’t be afraid to attend several different meetings to find the right fit.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Cotati, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.