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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 the Edel Caregiver Institute at 912-629-1331.

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™” PAC 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..
CLICK HERE for more information..
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.
We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated or wear a mask.
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 SUPPORT GROUP
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. We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated or wear a mask.

(starting in August!)  FIRST and THIRD WEDNESDAY evening at the Hospice Savannah Inpatient Unit,
1352 Eisenhower Dr. from 6:00 – 7:00pm

 

THIRD TUESDAY morning at the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Dr. from 11:00am – noon


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DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
THIRD WEDNESDAY at the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Dr. from 11:00am – noon

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. We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated or wear a mask.

The goal of the Edel Caregiver Institute is to develop a Community of Caregivers, a place for family caregivers like yourself to share information about caring for their loved one struggling with dementia.

Our Dementia Caregiver Support Group addresses emotional support along with:
• 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
• Fellowship with other caregivers sharing your concerns, struggles, and questions about 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.  (Go to calendar)

 

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.
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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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