Caregiver Newsletter
September 5-16, 2022
Caregiver Skills 101 class
September 23rd
10:00 - Noon
at Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion

Learn practical caregiving skills and core physical techniques of caregiving as lead by Hospice Savannah’s Ard James, PT.
Learn how to safely assist between bed and wheelchair, perform personal care such as making an occupied bed, and improve mobility and comfort for your care recipient in this hands-on session. Pre-registration is required.
While this is a free class, we do ask that you register in advance by calling 912.629.1331 or by e-mailing Jill at with your name and contact information. Thank you.
ONLINE: Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Wednesday, Sept 7th
11:00 - Noon

Please note out of respect to confidentiality, this group is for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia or memory issues only.
ONLINE: General Caregiver Fellowship Group
Tuesday, Sept 13th
11:00 - Noon

This group is non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances.
Frank G. Murray Community Center
Located at 125 Wilmington Island Rd
Tuesday, September 13th
1:00 - 2:30pm

This is an open group for all family caregivers to fellowship and is non-disease specific. For more information, contact The Frank G. Murray Community Center at 912-898-3320 or Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 /
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. 
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 On-Site!
Caregiver Stress Relief: Schedule some relaxation time just for you!  
Restorative Yoga utilizes a variety of props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to support the body and allow the breath to move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax 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.
This is not a stretching class! No previous experience is necessary. Mats and equipment provided. Dress to move and stretch.
Class is each Thursday from 9:30-10:30am at the Demere Center for Living located at 6000 Business Center Drive off Chatham Parkway.
We are the first building on the right and we don’t look like the other buildings.
** Space is limited and while this is a free class, we do ask that you register in advance by emailing with your name and contact information. Thank you.
Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation via ZOOM!
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.
Whether you're walking for friends, family, a person living with Alzheimer's, or to fight the nation's sixth-leading cause of death and most common form of dementia, we all have a reason to walk. Please join us in supporting a great cause against a disease we all see impacting our patients and families.

Saturday, September 24th at Lake Mayer Park
Arrival: 8:00am with Opening Ceremony at 9:00am
Join Hospice Savannah's Team by registering at
This October our friends at Savannah Power Yoga (SPY) are hosting a series of events throughout the community to help raise funds in support of the Edel Caregiver Institute (ECI).
SPY will kick off the programs with a Yoga Nidra workshop on Friday, October 7th at the Savannah Power Yoga studio located at 461 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Unit C-05 on Wilmington Island and via Zoom. Go to for more information.
On Saturday, October 15th, SPY and the Frank G. Murray Community Center on Wilmington Island host two Spry Mind+Body chair and mat-based yoga classes. ECI will be facilitating the Dementia Live® experience, an interactive, hands-on dementia simulation designed to educate and enlighten caregivers with a deeper understanding and greater empathy for their loved one living with dementia. Caregivers will be empowered with new tools and techniques to improve communications, care processes and tips to make dementia friendly changes to your home.
At noon on Saturday, October 29th, Savannah Power Yoga will host a fun all-levels yoga class at Service Brewing Company (574 Indian St., Savannah). Bring your yoga mat, a hand towel, water bottle, and join us!
Entry is $15 per person paid onsite (includes a complimentary beer on non-alcoholic drink)
Can't make it to any of the events, but would still like to make a donation to the Edel Caregiver Institute? Follow this link: and designate “Edel Caregiver Institute” in drop down menu. Thank you!
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.
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
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For individual consultations, assistance, questions or concerns please contact:
Jill Costello, MA at 912-629-1331 /
or Marilyn Johnson at 912-629-1327 /
For more information on the Edel Caregiver Institute, please visit our website:

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!