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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.

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Caregiver Support Groups
Unless otherwise noted, Caregiver support groups are held at the Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902.  To register or for more information, please call 301-754-7152.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Caregiver Classes

The caregiver classes below are held at the Holy Cross Resource Center in room 11B, on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  For more information and to register, call 301-754-7152.

Your Time to Care - Preventing Falls
January 13, 2015
This class covers why people fall, positive communication and behavior techniques, home makeover,  lifestyle change and caregiver challenges.

Creating Moments of Joy
February 10 
This often  talked about video includes understanding the person with Alzheimer's, tools that create positive outcomes, and memory enhanced environments.  In its entirety the film lasts 107 minutes.

Overview of Long-Term Care, Assisted Living and Dementia Care
March 10

Fnancial Overviews
April 14
This class covers long-term care insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

Other Classes of Interest to Caregivers

CPR & AED Training: Holy Cross offers CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training for caregivers of individuals of all ages.  View schedule and registration information.

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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