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Caregiver Classes & Support Groups

Support Groups and Classes Focus on Caregiver Issues

Being a caregiver of aging adults or ill loved ones is an overwhelming and weighty responsibility. At Holy Cross Hospital, we recognize the importance of your role as family caregivers and your need for support and education.

Support groups and classes for caregivers | Holy Cross Hospital | Silver Spring, Maryland

To help families caring for seniors cope with the difficult emotional and practical problems they often face while living with aging parents, we’ve developed a number of caregiver resources.

Our free support groups provide a gathering place for caregivers to share their sorrows and problems, their joys and successes, find solutions and share resources.  They serve as a kind of group therapy to help relieve caregiver role strain in a safe and nurturing environment.  And our education classes help prepare caregivers to deal with simple health problems—as well as more serious health emergencies.

Adult Children Caring for Aging Parents: This support group meets during the day, as well as in the evening to accommodate adult children who work.  The group gives participants an opportunity to share their experiences, trade information about resources, and offer each other tips for dealing with emotional difficulties, as well as with practical problems, such as financial issues, respite care, and Medicare and Medicaid planning. The schedule is as follows:

Mondays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Groups meet weekly at the Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902.  To register or for more information, please call 301-754-7152.

Caregivers of Ill or Aging Spouses: This group allows individuals caring for aging and ill spouses to share the experience with others who are coping with the same issues.  Participants provide each other emotional support, and information to help ease the difficult journey.  The schedule is as follows:

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Groups meet weekly at the Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902.  To register or for more information, please call 301-754-7152.

Telephone Support for Adult Children Caring for Aging Parents and Caregiver Spouses: This is a telephone support group for adult children and spouses held on Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Interested caregivers should call 301-754-7152 to get the conference call-in numbers. 

Early Stage Alzheimers Support Group: This group is for individuals who have been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment. Participants have the opportunity to bond, socialize and receive helpful information. Sessions are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Groups meet weekly at the Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902.  To register or for more information, please call 301-754-7152.

Support Group for Caregivers of Seniors: This support group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sessions are held at the Gaithersburg Senior Center at 80-A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Md. To register or for more information, please call 301-754-7152.

Support for Families of Cancer Patients: Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute social workers provide family caregivers of cancer patients free support, direction, information and referral services.  For a telephone consultation, please call Pat Malik at 301-557-1850.

Support for Children of Cancer Patients:  Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute social workers provide free consultation and assistance to cancer patients who are concerned about how the illness will affect their children.  For a telephone consultation, please call Pat Malik at 301-557-1850.

CPR & AED Training: Holy Cross offers CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training for caregivers of individuals of all ages.  Please see CPR & Life Support Classes.

First Aid: This three-and-a-half-hour class covers basic first aid techniques and includes hands-on practice.  Participants will receive a card from the American Heart Association. View schedule and registration information.

View a complete listing of Holy Cross Hospital's support groups.

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