...helping caregivers so they can better help their loved ones.
What Exactly is
Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a medical specialty focused on improving quality of life for people with a serious, progressive illness and their families. Working alongside your current physicians, the palliative care team utilizes an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and dieticians to aggressively manage symptoms in a way your other specialists may not. They take time to discuss your goals of care, including medication reconciliation, dietary evaluation, completion of a POLST form, Advance Directive, and family support needs.
It is important to remember that palliative care is not the same as hospice care and is meant to follow you throughout the trajectory of your care, from diagnosis until the end of your life. Many patients receive palliative care whilst undergoing aggressive treatment like chemotherapy or radiation. Your current physician will be focused on treatment to make your disease better whereas your palliative care team’s focus is to help you feel better. As with other specialists, appointments are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances.

Find out more about this extra layer of support provided by the Steward Center for Palliative Care by visiting  www.StewardCenter.org  or call 912-354-8014.
Are you a caregiver in Richmond Hill, Pembroke, Effingham or Liberty Co.?
The Edel Caregiver Institute will now be available to meet with caregivers at the following United Way Service Center locations from 9:30am-3:30pm :

Bryan County / South: Wednesday, March 11th
9611 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill (second Wednesday monthly)

Effingham County: Thursday, March 12th
711 Zitterour Drive, Rincon (second Thursday monthly)

Liberty County: Tuesday, March 17th
301 Fairhope Lane, Hinesville (third Tuesday monthly)

Please contact Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or email:  JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org  for assistance or to schedule an office appointment.

Bryan County / North: Wednesday, March 18th
40 South Industrial Blvd, Pembroke (third Wednesday monthly)
Please contact Elizabeth Brodhead at 912-629-1069 or email: EBrodhead@HospiceSavannah.org for assistance.
WILMINGTON ISLAND
Caregiver Fellowship and
On-Site Assistance
The Frank G. Murray Community Center
Wednesday, March 4th
9:30 - 11:30am

Caregivers are friends, relatives, in-laws, and spouses – anyone who provides assistance to another, in whatever capacity and whatever their relationship, with no financial benefits.
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.

For more information, contact The Frank G. Murray Community Center at 912-898-3320 or Jill Costello at the Edel Caregiver Institute at 912-629-1331 or  JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS
Are you gradually feeling more alone?
Do those around you just not seem to get what you are going through? 
How about an hour to focus on YOUR needs while meeting like-minded caregivers to share information and coping skills? These groups are non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances. If you are a caregiver in need of support, please join us at any or all of the following monthly meetings facilitated by the
Edel Caregiver Institute.
ALL SUPPORT GROUPS ARE OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY.
Caregiver support groups are made possible due to generous funding from the Oaks at Pooler.
SAVANNAH
For additional info, please contact Elizabeth at 912-629-1069.
The Demere Center for Living
at 6000 Business Center Drive

Tuesday, March 10th
10:00-11:00am
(second Tuesday monthly)

Monday, March 23rd
1:00-2:00pm
(fourth Monday monthly)
The Gardens of Savannah
Wednesday, March 18th
5:00-6:00pm
(third Wednesday monthly)

249 Holland Drive, Savannah
For additional info contact Nick Long at 912-925-3445.
EVENING Support Group
RICHMOND HILL
The Suites at Station Exchange
Wednesday, March 11th
10:00-11:00am
(second Wednesday monthly)

3205 TSX Grand Central, Richmond Hill
For additional info contact Station Exchange Senior Care at 912-445-2425
The ALS Association holds their monthly support group at the Demere Center for Living in Savannah on the second Tuesday of each month.
Please contact the ALS Care Services team if you have any questions: 888-636-9940 or 404-636-9909 or  careservices@alsaga.org
On-Site Caregiver Assistance for Resident Families
The Edel Caregiver Institute is partnering with the following assisted living facilities to provide one-on-one care consulting for resident families. Please note the specified times and contact information for more information.
Savannah Commons
Monday, March 2nd
10:00am-12:00pm
(first Monday monthly)
Contact LeRia Hudgins at 912-927-0500 or email: LeRia.Hudgins@SavannahCommons.com for more information.
Sunabella at Savannah Memory Care
Tuesday, March 3rd
1:00pm-3:00pm
 (first Tuesday monthly)
Contact Joyce Crowder-McBride at 912-925-3494 or email: Joyce.Crowder-McBride@SunabellaAtSavannah.com for more information.
Oaks at Pooler
Tuesday, March 10th
12:30-3:30pm
(second Tuesday monthly)
Contact Kim Keough at 912-348-2360 or email:  Kim.Keough@OaksSeniorLiving.com  for more information.
Buckingham South
Monday, March 16th
1:00-3:00pm
(third Monday monthly)
Contact Janet Sweeney at 912-355-5550 for more information.
Caregiver Assistance at the
Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
Monday, March 16th
10:00am-12:00pm
(third Monday monthly)

LCRP is located at 225 Candler Drive in Savannah.
Please contact Sarah Copeland at 912-819-5167 or email: CopelandSa@sjchs.org for more information.
Caregiver Stress Relief: Schedule some relaxation time just for you!   

 Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation
Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30am
at the Edel Caregiver Institute
Join us for a yoga session that is 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.
Please contact Elizabeth Brodhead at 912-629-1069 or email: EBrodhead@HospiceSavannah.org for more information.
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?
Project Sherpa

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 your, or your loved one's care.  Click here  for more information or call our office at 912-629-1331.
A complimentary service of the Edel Caregiver Institute.
While there is no charge for our classes or support groups, we gratefully accept donations.
Please contact Jill at 912-629-1331 or by e-mailing JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org
 with questions or concerns.

Unless otherwise noted events are held at the Edel Caregiver Institute located at 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah 31405.
FOR A COMPLETE CALENDAR, visit us online at www.EdelCaregiverInstitute.org