Are you a caregiver providing care to another person who is elderly, ill, or disabled? Your help may range from running errands and helping with grocery and laundry to full-time responsibility for someone no longer capable of caring for themself. Family caregivers receive little training on how to deliver complicated care, are not always treated as partners in their loved one’s care, and are not encouraged to maintain their own health. Not surprisingly, a 25-year body of research shows that family caregivers are at increased risk for health, emotional, financial, and work-related problems. Gauge your current level of stress by taking this short quiz.

The video below introduces you to some of our grateful clients and gives a quick overview of how we help:

Who are Caregivers?

Caregivers are friends, relatives, in-laws, and spouses – anyone who provides assistance to another, in whatever capacity and whatever their relationship, with no financial benefits.

What We Offer

Through our partnerships with the Steward Center for Palliative CareRosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Area Agency on AgingMercer University School of Medicine at Memorial Health, St. Joseph’s CandlerGeorgia Southern University, Senior Citizens, Inc., United Way of the Coastal Empire, and many other local area service agencies, we offer standard-setting, innovative programs to help all non-professional caregivers learn how to best deal with impending or current caregiving challenges and needs. By providing tailored support we can help reduce your level of stress and help maintain the health and quality of life for both you and your care recipient. (Increasing evidence also shows that providing comprehensive support to family caregivers reduces stress induced diseases for caregivers.)

We can also provide:
• Resource information and referrals to community services.
• Caregiver follow-up support.
• Caregiver support groups and individual consultations.
• Extensive dementia education and support
(including individual consultations with “Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Caregiving™” Certified Independent Consultant)
• Restorative yoga classes for caregivers
• Dementia Live™  dementia simulation experience.
• Project Sherpa (physician appointment navigation and patient advocacy).
• Palliative care education and referrals

If you are a non-professional caregiver in need of help, please fill out our caregiving questionnaire.
This will aid us in both assessing your particular situation and in deciding what classes will benefit you most.
We will be in touch with you soon!

While there is no charge for our services, classes, or support groups, donations are gratefully accepted.
If you choose, please donate below.

We are now in Effingham!

The Edel Caregiver Institute will now be available to meet with caregivers at the United Way Service Center in Rincon twice monthly on the SECOND and THIRD THURSDAY from 9:30am – 4:00pm.

The United Way is located at 711 Zitterour Road in Rincon.

Please contact Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or email: for more information or to schedule an office appointment.

Yoga Relay & Silent Auction to support Family Caregivers
Friday, September 20, 2019 at

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to join us in raising support for our local caregivers by joining together in a yoga relay!  What’s a Yoga Relay?  We will do 100 sun salutations together  – you can do them all yourself, or create a relay team and tag in and out as needed.

A caregiver is someone who provides care to another person who is elderly, ill, or disabled. Family caregivers receive little training on how to deliver complicated care.
Not surprisingly, research shows that family caregivers are at increased risk for health, emotional, financial, and work-related problems. Hospice Savannah’s Edel Caregiver Institute is your community’s resource for hands-on training and support for family caregivers.

5:30 pm Doors Open | 6:00 pm Sun Salutations begin
Online silent auction to begin prior to event | 8:00 pm bidding closes
$35 per person

Can’t make it to the event, but want to donate?  Follow this link:

Each ticket includes 1 beer ticket & music by City Hotel
Big Bon Pizza food truck on site!

Location: Service Brewing Company
574 Indian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Venue is 21+ ; Under 21 may sit at outdoor tables
All proceeds will be donated to Hospice Savannah’s Edel Caregiver Institute.  Last year we raised $10,000.
Let’s raise the bar again this year!

Please contact us at 912.629.1331 or e-mail Jill Costello at for more information.
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The Edel Caregiver Institute is located in the Parkway Business Center off Chatham Parkway inside the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah, GA 31405  (click for map)

Certified “Dementia Live®”Coach
Teepa Snow PAC Certified

Certified “Dealing with Dementia” Trainer


Certified Support Group Facilitator
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