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The mission of the Edel Caregiver Institute is to support you, the caregiver, as you support your loved one. No matter the diagnosis or stage of the diagnosis, we are here to offer help with finding resources and provide emotional support throughout your caregiving journey.

Our support groups and individual consultations are designed to assist with your unique caregiving needs and concerns. There is no charge to be a part of our open groups offering opportunities to share and be heard, as well as to listen and support.

Perhaps you’re not comfortable sharing in a group? We also offer individual consultations at no charge. If you have a concern about your loved one’s dementia behaviors, are looking for assistance finding resources, or would just appreciate a private session with a caregiver consultant we would be honored to walk with you through your caregiver journey.

If you are a family caregiver in need of emotional support, assistance finding resources, or would like to learn more about the Edel Caregiver Institute, please reach out to Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or email JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org

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, United Way of the Coastal Empire, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Coastal Area Agency on AgingMercer University School of Medicine at Memorial Health, St. Joseph’s CandlerGeorgia Southern University, Senior Citizens, Inc., 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.
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.

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

 

INDIVIDUAL DEMENTIA CAREGIVER CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE.
Are you caring for a loved one with dementia and find yourself blocked and frustrated because you don’t know what to do and how to do it when it comes to relating and communicating.
Do you
wonder why what you both want is not happening?

Learn to anticipate the struggles and how to be better prepared.
Recognize your loved one’s point of view,
understand where they are coming from, comprehend the grieving of loss that comes with dementia, and develop a better understanding of what is possible and what is not.

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Jill Costello is a Certified Independent Dementia Consultant under Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Caregiving™ and is available for individual caregiver consultations at no financial cost to you.
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CLICK HERE for more information.
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Educational content provided by Positive Approach® is used with permission and based on the GEMS® and the techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care created and developed by Positive Approach, LLC.   www.teepasnow.com

 

IN-PERSON CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

We are pleased to announce that ECI will once again be offering in-person caregiver support groups and consultations with proper social distancing and masks.
Online support groups and consultations will still be offered.  Please keep scrolling for days and times.
Please contact Jill at 912-629-1331 or email JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org with any questions or concerns.

Our offices are located at the Demere Center for Living located at 6000 Business Center Drive (off Chatham Pkwy)
We are the first building on the right with the porch on the side (we don’t look like the other buildings!)

NON-DISEASE SPECIFIC CAREGIVER FELLOWSHIP  (NEW DAY!)
Meeting at the Edel Caregiver Institute monthly on the THIRD TUESDAY at 11:00am

Are you gradually feeling more alone — that those around you just don’t seem to get what you are going through? Our drop-in Caregiver Support Group meets monthly and provides a safe place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand. Learn and discover strength, emotional support, and a necessary sense of community with like-minded people. This group is non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances.

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DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Meeting at the Edel Caregiver Institute monthly on the THIRD WEDNESDAY at 11:00am

Are you caring for a loved one living with dementia?  Whether you are caring for your loved one at home or they reside in a facility, the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming with uncertainty.  You are invited to fellowship with other caregivers sharing your concerns, struggles, and questions.
Please note this group is for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia or memory issues only.


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ONLINE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS via ZOOM

While we are returning to in-person support groups and consultations, we want to continue to offer the convenience of online support groups and consultations for caregivers.

You will still need to register for the online groups by following the corresponding links.
Please do not hesitate to contact Jill at 912-629-1331 or JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org with any questions or concerns.

NON-DISEASE SPECIFIC CAREGIVER FELLOWSHIP  (NEW DAY!)
Meeting online May – August on the FIRST TUESDAY at 11:00am

Via facilitated online meetings, this is an opportunity to meet and share with other caregivers seeking emotional support and a necessary sense of community with like-minded people. This group is non-disease specific to encourage conversation on caregiving concerns and circumstances.

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DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Meeting online May – August on the FIRST WEDNESDAY at 11:00am

Whether you are caring for your loved one at home or they reside in a facility, the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia, especially during this time, can be overwhelming with uncertainty.
From the comfort of your own home, you are invited to fellowship with other caregivers sharing your concerns and struggles.
Please note this group is for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia or memory issues only.
CLICK HERE to register and receive link to join our online group

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GRIEVING WHILE CAREGIVING SUPPORT GROUP
Meeting online May – August on the SECOND TUESDAY at 11:00am

What is Anticipatory Grief and Ambiguous Loss?
How does it impact me as a caregiver and does my loved one experience it?
The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) defines these terms as:
* “Anticipatory grief is the emotional pain and sadness that arises in advance of an expectant loss or death.”
* “Ambiguous loss is the confusing feeling of interacting with someone who is not fully present mentally or socially, as often happens to family caregivers who are closely involved with a person living with dementia.”
You are invited to fellowship with other caregivers sharing your concerns, struggles, and questions in a safe, confidential environment.
CLICK HERE to register and receive link to join our online group

 

DEMENTIA CARE PARTNERS COMMUNITY
Meeting ONLINE June 9th at 11:00am
Refer to our Caregiver Calendar HERE for our next online meeting
Being a caregiver for a loved one with dementia presents its own unique set of circumstances.
The progressive, terminal effects of dementia pose the ongoing need for caregivers to educate themselves on changes occurring with their loved one.
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The Edel Caregiver Institute is a local resource building a Community of Caregivers like yourself. We provide a space for family caregivers to meet with a PAC Certified Independent Dementia Consultant and share information about caring for their loved one struggling with dementia.
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Where our Dementia Caregiver Support Group addresses emotional support, our Dementia Care Partners Community will focus on:
• Dementia education
• How to “respond” instead of “react”
• Problem solving
• Asking questions and a place to process “why’s”
• Share and learn ideas on coping as a caregiver for someone living with dementia
• Meet other caregivers also caring for a loved one with dementia
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Please note this group is for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia or memory issues only.

 

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Wilmington Island: Caregiver Fellowship and On-Site Assistance
Meeting at the Frank G. Murray Community Center
Monthly on the SECOND TUESDAY from 1:00 – 3:00PM

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.

The Edel Caregiver Institute is working with the Frank G. Murray Community Center to provide assistance to family caregivers on the SECOND TUESDAY of the month from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Caregiver Fellowship … Are you gradually feeling more alone — that those around you just don’t seem to get what you are going through?  Join us for a safe place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand. Learn and discover strength, emotional support, and a necessary sense of community with like-minded people. This group is non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances.

 

For more information, contact The Frank G. Murray Community Center at 912-898-3320
or Jill Costello at the Edel Caregiver Institute at 912-629-1331 or JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org

 

The Edel Caregiver Institute Caregiver & Patient Advocacy app is available for download on your iOS or Android phone!
This app offers local resources and information to help all non-professional caregivers learn how to best deal with impending or current caregiving challenges and needs. It also offers resources and helpful links for patients themselves. We are grateful to our local partners – primarily St. Joseph’s/Candler, the United Way of the Coastal Empire and many other service agencies for their collaboration on this ground-breaking community resource. We know you will find it useful in your medical or caregiving journey. Download it today!
For Android users, please visit this link to download.
For iOS users, the app will be available in the Apple Store soon. In the interim, access by opening your Safari browser to visit this link, then just click on the icon below and “Add to Home Screen.”

For more information on how the Edel Caregiver Institute may assist you, please contact us at 912.629.1331 or e-mail Jill Costello at JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org.
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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)
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Do you know a caregiver who could benefit from the services of the Edel Caregiver Institute?
Simply text EdelCaregiver to 22828 to start receiving our caregiver newsletter and announcements.

Certified “Dementia Live®”Coach
Teepa Snow PAC Certified
Dementia
Consultant

Certified “Dealing with Dementia” Trainer

 

Certified Support Group Facilitator

Educational content provided by Positive Approach® is used with permission and based on the GEMS® and the techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care created and developed by Positive Approach, LLC. www.teepasnow.com

PAC Certified Independent Consultants are not employees of Positive Approach, LLC. The opinions and views expressed by PAC Certified Independent Consultants do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Positive Approach, LLC or any of its employees.  Positive Approach, LLC is not liable for any actions by PAC Certified Independent Consultants.

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