Support groups can assist you to:
- Meet other people in similar situations who might share their positive and challenging experiences
- Learn practical strategies and techniques to manage different situations
- Learn about local dementia respite and other services
- Talk about the different emotions associated with caregiving, such as loss and frustration.
Watch the ReThink Respite video where local carers and people living with dementia share their experiences of using support groups:
Finding a carers group
Different groups can be helpful at different stages. For example, when you start caring, a structured support group with an educational component can be helpful, whereas the social components of a group may become more important at a later stage.
Visit the Carer Gateway for support groups in your area. Contact the group coordinator and discuss whether you think the group will suit you and your needs.
Download the Choosing a Support Group Checklist to help you to decide on the right support group to meet your needs.