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Caregiving in the LGBT Community

SOCIAL EVENTS

Though caregivers might have a social network outside of their caregiving experience, they may not know many individuals who truly understand what they are going through. Social events provide an important means of connecting caregivers to one another and combating the isolation they often experience. By facilitating social events, the organization is offering another opportunity for the caregiver to engage in informal support and encouraging the natural formation of peer networks. These brief breaks from the daily grind can be opportunities for the caregiver to acknowledge their own wants, needs, and individual identities, which can be very empowering and rejuvenating. If it is at all possible to provide respite care during your social and educational programs, it will enable caregivers to attend who are likely in greatest need of these services. Respite care can be complicated to set up; consider working with a community partner that already provides respite care to make it available to your participants during your programming. Because of their busy schedules and dueling priorities, caregivers may be less likely to attend a program that is purely social in nature, and you may find that a support group or educational series is your best bet for getting them through your door. If this is the case, capitalize on it by extending the time of the program to allow for socializing, or by scheduling or suggesting a coffee hour

It can be a challenge to reach participants in the community who are unable to come to workshops and programming. The reality is that we will never reach everyone, and that may be due to caregiving responsibilities, health issues, work obligations, social anxiety or extreme isolation.�

Kelli Abbott, MSW SAGECAP Outreach Counselor The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care Baltimore, MD

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SAGE Careving Guide  

This guide provides an overview of caregiving in the LGBT community, and specific ideas, lessons learned and best practices for expanding pr...

SAGE Careving Guide  

This guide provides an overview of caregiving in the LGBT community, and specific ideas, lessons learned and best practices for expanding pr...

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