Worcester, MA (PressExposure) July 10, 2008 -- Offering care, strategies and support to caregivers who are caring for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimerâs, Dodge Parkâs Caregiver Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The support group is open to the community and is free.
On-site respite services at the Day Club are available during the Caregiver Support Group meeting, which enables caregivers to attend the meeting and bring along their loved ones who will receive care and supervision on-site â an alternative to leaving the elders at home. All who attend the Caregiver Support Group, including elders needed respite services, are provided with complimentary dinner.
The Caregiver Support Group is led by Elaine Kapperman, LICSW, a geriatric care manager at Jewish Family Services, Micha Shalev, who is the Director of Dodge Park and Carrie Lindberg, RN who is the Director of Nursing at Dodge Park.
Dodge Parkâs Caregiver Support Group is unique because there arenât many support groups available that are run by a social worker who specializes in geriatric care. The scope of the program and the fact that it is open to others in the community, not just members of the Day Club, also sets them apart.
âA caregiver may experience a wide range of emotions when caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimerâs - from anger, guilt and frustration to fear and helplessness. Not only that, but there are many caregivers who are juggling full-time jobs and their own families and they are stretched both physically and emotionally,â explained Ms. Kapperman.
She continued, âDodge Parkâs two-hour support group lets caregivers voice their concerns and challenges. They learn about new strategies; find support and friendship; and can even take advantage of our respite services. Reaching out to others who are in the same situation helps caregivers cope.â
About Dodge Park Rest Home and Day Club Dodge Park Rest Home and Day Club in Worcester has been caring for the elderly for over 40 years. Located in the former Heald Mansion, Dodge Park Rest Home and Day Club has the amenities of today yet maintains its elegance from years gone by in a comfortable and caring atmosphere.
A 60 resident, licensed rest home, Dodge Park Rest Home provides a unique, high level of care with a caregiving staff to resident ratio of one to six. The rest homeâs licensed nursing staff and director are available 24-hours a day / 7-days a week, which enables Dodge Park to provide a unique level of care - more than that ordinarily found in the average assisted living facility - for those who need more care but who are not yet ready for a nursing home.
Dodge Park Day Club offers a private, social day program with respite care. The Day Club provides nursing supervision, hot meals and snacks, activities, entertainment and special events for elders.
To learn more about Dodge Park Rest Home and Day Club, visit the website at http://www.dodgepark.com or contact (508) 853-8180.