Are you a caregiver providing care to another person who is elderly, ill, or disabled? Or perhaps you have an autistic or disabled child who requires a lot of assistance. 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 herself. 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 Care, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Area Agency on Aging, Mercer University School of Medicine at Memorial Health, St. Joseph’s Candler, Georgia 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 (MD appointment navigation and patient advocacy).
• Palliative care education and referrals.
• Individual consultations for disease specific education with fourth year medical residents. By appointment.
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.
Please contact us at 912.629.1331 or e-mail Jill Costello at JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org 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)