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The responsibilities of caregiving can lead to feelings of isolation and abandonment. Caregivers' social lives often shrink or disappear. Friends and family want to help, but often don’t know how. And caregivers don’t know where to turn for support and advice.

Often, a support group can be a life-saver, allowing caregivers to talk to others who are experiencing the same joys and challenges, and who can not only empathize, but offer valuable insights and suggestions.

Here’s a list of organizations that offer support groups and other resources. Most of these organizations include a search feature on their site to help you find a local office or group.

To find support groups for specific diseases and conditions, consider some of these:

Last revised: May 16, 2013

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  1. April 14, 2019 at 7:14 pm | Posted by Tootie

    I'm about to scream. Dont know how much more I can take. Am so full of anger today.am so tired of talking like a damn robot and repeating myself 3 x in order to be heard but yet she says she don't need a new hearing aid. Have lost all my friends.and am an only child. Who really cares anyway.i am drowning in this and killing myself with all this overwhelming stuff. No one gets it unless u r going through it.

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  2. March 18, 2019 at 9:42 pm | Posted by Rachel

    Hang in there. Your no good to help your dad if you let your health be run into the ground. Its good to have others to talk to that are experiencing similar things. My parents are negatively affecting my health and my relationships for years. My best friend got tired of hearing about them...she's like dont talk to me about your parents. Other friends say boundaries...just cut them off they dont understand i cant do that. Then my husband listens but has no replies. Where is the scream emoji? God help us.

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    • March 31, 2019 at 10:51 am | Posted by Annette Linden

      I am in the exact same situation. I get no help from my siblings. My sister hates me and won’t speak to me. She critizes everything I do for my mom. My brother is an alcoholic who is of no use to me. I have no one to help me. My husband basically doesn’t get it. I have the same situation with friends. I have basically lost all of them. I need help, I am going to go over the edge

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    • April 3, 2019 at 4:58 pm | Posted by Katie Strandberg

      Oh my LANDS!!!! Thank you for sharing and I’m so sorry - and I’m in a similar situation. My Mom is bedridden, and can barely speak. My Dad complains to me and wants to divorce, and I’m just bummed. My sister is a recovering addict, so she try’s but it’s touch & go. I would love to talk to my partner but unfortunately his Dad died earlier this year so I feel guilty to talk about my problems when he lost his Dad. I don’t know it’s a Shitty Time. But at least decorative pillows at Target exists.

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  3. March 16, 2019 at 9:02 am | Posted by Jerome G.

    54 yrs old. Took care of my mother until she passed 5yrs ago. Dad is 92 and has health/anger issues. No siblings to help my son lives with us but works full time so he's limmited in assistance. Been doing this for almost 15yrs. Now I have health issues...besides being BURNT OUT. Very limmited social life which is just the opposite of my past life. Advice?

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