This time of year can be stressful for any one of us but especially for caregivers. 

Along with holiday traditions including connecting with family, caregivers are already anticipating the inevitable questioning of their caregiving performance. With that, the best defense this time of year is planning and preparation. Along with the all too familiar covid restrictions being followed, don’t be afraid to modify holiday plans and traditions. Perhaps what was popular in the past is just not doable now or needs to simply be fine tuned. Simplify and keep the focus on the meaning of the holiday and what makes it so special. Put your self-care and the care of your loved one first and foremost including eating right, getting plenty of rest, and limiting social time that could be draining and overwhelming for both of you.

Importantly, remember to stay positive! Attitude is everything and a major influencer of our energy and emotions. Don’t be afraid to enforce boundaries with family challenges. You know your unique caregiving situation better than anyone! Make a list of your support network and reach out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, delegate, and even say “no” for the benefit of yourself and your loved one. Most of all, remember to enjoy the holidays and make it a positive, memorable time!
Online support groups and individual consultations are designed to assist with your unique caregiving needs and concerns. There is no charge to be a part of our open groups offering opportunities to share and be heard, as well as to listen and support.

Perhaps you’re not comfortable sharing in a group? We also offer individual consultations at no charge. If you have a concern about your loved one's dementia behaviors, are looking for assistance finding resources, or would just appreciate a private session with a caregiver consultant simply CLICK HERE to schedule a 30 minute individual caregiver consultation at no financial cost to you.
TUESDAY...November 10th at 11:00am
Non-Disease Specific Caregiver Fellowship
Via facilitated online meetings, this is an opportunity to meet and share with other caregivers seeking emotional support and a necessary sense of community with like-minded people.
This group is non-disease specific to encourage conversation on caregiving concerns and circumstances.

Our Caregiver Fellowship is now on the second and fourth Tuesday morning at 11:00am.
WEDNESDAY...November 18th at 11:00am
Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Whether you are caring for your loved one at home or they reside in a facility, the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia, especially during this time, can be overwhelming with uncertainty. 
From the comfort of your own home, you are invited to fellowship with other caregivers sharing your concerns and struggles. This group is for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia or memory issues only.

Our Dementia Caregiver Support Group is now on the first and third Wednesday monthly at 11:00am.
Individual Dementia Caregiver Consultations Available
Are you caring for a loved one with dementia and 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. CLICK HERE for more information.
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. 
Restorative Yoga online via ZOOM!
ECI is pleased to announce that our volunteer yoga instructors, Marcia Berens and Franessa Stalter, are continuing their wonderfully relaxing Restorative Yoga classes via ZOOM.

The weekly day and time remain the same as before: Thursdays at 9:30am – 10:30am.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people living with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.
However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers, and learn strategies to help manage some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, November 9
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
or call 800.272.3900 to receive link to join this online event
Special Guest: Jill Costello with the Edel Caregiver Institute
Exhausted caregivers with a loved one under Hospice Savannah's care are eligible for 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.

If your loved one is not under Hospice Savannah care,
please call 912-629-1088 for information.
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Edel Caregiver Institute?
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For individual consultations, assistance, questions or concerns please contact:
Jill Costello, MA at 912-629-1331 /
Elizabeth Brodhead, LMSW at 912-629-1069 /
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 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.