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remote support group
i have a friend who is unable to attend a support group since he is unable to leave his wife alone.
are there any support groups available who meet either via teleconference or webcam?
Filling your information in or posting your town’s name may help you find someone in your area with whom you can create the basis for a group. If you are on Facebook reach out on the town talk page and try to start a local group. If you have a library with a meeting room arrange for it’s use on a day in January and put up posters looking for people who might be interested in joining. If there is a NextDoor online group in your town post there. Check with all local churches to see if they have groups and if they don’t ask them to put a notice in their weekly bulletins about your upcoming January meeting. I think you will find more interest that you can imagine.
When the chat room is active in the evenings, it serves as a real-time online support group.
I also find it very hard to have someone sit with Daddy while I go handle business or have to go to a doctor appointment for myself.
I've not located a support group here in Mobile that has meetings at a convenient time for me and I hate having to impose on family members who have young children and are working full time jobs.
Sometimes I've thought that if there was a support group that had a room for our LO's to go with their caregiver that it would also help the LO get out for a while and meet new people. I realize that a lot of our LO's would not be able to attend due to mobility or advanced dementia problems but it would really be helpful for those that could go and also allow the caregiver to be more comfortable while with the support group because they're not worrying how things are going with their loved one.
Primary problem with this idea is having the time to arrange and publicize the meeting place and time.
If 'free' time could be donated through Skype or another type program, it would seem simple to set up a laptop or two and have caregivers who cannot get out to virtually attend the meeting. Or, as edwardsmarkf suggested, teleconference or webcam.
Just one of those things that have gone through my mind at times.