Caregiver Newsletter
June 13 - 24, 2022
Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30, so if you or your loved one has functional, access, or medical needs now is the time to apply for your county’s Hurricane Registry. It is of utmost importance to apply BEFORE a storm is threatening!

Maintained by your counties health department, the Hurricane Registry is a list including residents with healthcare conditions requiring transportation or medical assistance and have NO RESOURCES such as family members, neighbors, or friends to assist during an evacuation. Pre-registration is required to determine eligibility.
Registrants with functional or access needs may include children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living.

To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344). A representative will take some basic information and then your local health department will follow up with you to complete the application.
For more information including qualifications, specifics, and applications, please CLICK HERE for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Hurricane Registry website.
ONLINE: General Caregiver Fellowship Group
Tuesday, June 14th from 11:00 - Noon

This group is non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances.
Evening Caregiver Support Group at Hospice Savannah In-Patient Unit on Eisenhower
Located at
1352 Eisenhower Dr., Savannah
NO CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP THIS MONTH AT HOSPICE SAVANNAH IN-PATIENT UNIT

Meetings will resume in July on the usual third Thursday of the month -- July 20th.
WILMINGTON ISLAND
Frank G. Murray Community Center
Located at 125 Wilmington Island Rd
Tuesday, June 14th
1:00 - 2:30pm

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.
ARE YOU CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH DEMENTIA?
Individual Dementia Caregiver Consultations Available
Do you 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.
Jill Costello is a Certified Dementia Consultant under Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care and is available for individual caregiver consultations at no financial cost to you.
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 
What is Project Sherpa?
Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with more concerns or questions than before you went in?
Perhaps you felt rushed or were embarrassed, even hesitant to ask for more details?
Would you find it helpful if a doctor accompanied you and/or your care recipient to their next medical appointment to be an advocate on your behalf?
Project Sherpa's retired medical professional volunteers do just that at no charge! Your Sherpa will help ask questions and gather all the facts so that, together, you can make the best medical decisions for you, or your loved one's care.
CLICK HERE for more information or call our office at 912-629-1331.
Project Sherpa is a complimentary service of the Edel Caregiver Institute.
Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation via ZOOM
Caregiver Stress Relief: Schedule some relaxation time just for you!  
To participate with our on-line ZOOM class: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. The ZOOM link will be emailed the Wednesday evening prior to Thursday morning’s class.

Due to ongoing covid restrictions, restorative yoga will resume meeting on line via ZOOM for the time being. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Join us for a yoga session focused on relaxation and quieting the mind. This is not a stretching class, instead props such as bolsters and blankets are used to support the body. This allows the breath to move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax, and the mind to quiet. Within a short time, this practice encourages you to become submerged in a deeply relaxed state and drop into the silent space within. No previous experience is necessary. Dress comfortably for movement.
-- RESPITE IS AVAILABLE! --
Exhausted caregivers with a loved one under Hospice Savannah's care are eligible for up to five days of respite each month. Respite care is available for your loved one in our beautifully renovated Inpatient Unit on Eisenhower Drive where they will receive personalized care from our onsite clinical staff.
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Ask your Hospice Savannah nurse or social worker for more information on how to take advantage of this service.
What are the benefits of respite under Hospice Care?
CLICK HERE to find out more!

If your loved one is not under Hospice Savannah care,
please call 912-629-1088 for information.
Do you know a caregiver who could benefit from the Edel Caregiver Institute?
Simply text "EdelCaregiver" to 22828
to start receiving our caregiver newsletter and announcements.

For individual consultations, assistance, questions or concerns please contact:
Jill Costello, MA at 912-629-1331 / JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org
or Marilyn Johnson at 912-629-1327 / MJohnson@HospiceSavannah.org
For more information on the Edel Caregiver Institute, please visit our website: www.EdelCaregiverInstitute.org

While there is no charge for our classes or support groups, we gratefully accept and appreciate donations.
The Edel Caregiver Institute is part of the Hospice Savannah Inc. continuum of care. Hospice Savannah is accredited by The Joint Commission, the gold standard in health care, meaning our staff has made an extra effort to review and improve the key areas that can affect the quality and safety of your care.
The Edel Caregiver Institute and Hospice Savannah, Inc. are proud partners with the United Way of the Coastal Empire!