...helping caregivers so they can better help their loved ones.
Are You Caring for a Family Member at Home?
Recently passed legislation in the state of Georgia may allow you to be paid for your service .
You may be eligible for Structured Family Caregiving, the caregiving support program now available in Georgia. If you live with the family member you’re caring for and she or he is eligible for Medicaid, you may qualify.
This program offers you:
• A financial stipend.
• Ongoing support from a professional care coach.
• Access to a secure mobile app to connect you with your coach.
Click HERE for more information on the Structured Family Caregiving program.
Caregiving Skills 101
Join us on Friday, October 25th 1:00-2:00pm
at the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
2nd floor conference room located at 225 Candler Drive in Savannah
Learn practical caregiving skills and core physical techniques of caregiving as lead by Kathy Schaefer, former Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor at GA Southern Armstrong campus. Learn how to safely assist, perform personal care, and improve mobility for your care recipient in this hands-on session.

Caregiving Skills 101 is provided due to generous funding from Meyer & Sayers, LLP
Understanding A Dementia Diagnosis
Wednesday, October 30th
10:00 - 11:00am
at the Edel Caregiver Institute / Demere Center for Living

Being a caregiver for someone with a memory issue or a dementia diagnosis presents its own unique share of challenges both mentally and physically.
Do you often ask yourself why your loved one:
• Forgets simple things but seems so “normal” at other times?
• Constantly asks to go home when they are home?
• Argues over what seems so obvious?
• Follows you around and asks so many questions?
Why do they give you a hard time when you are only trying to care for them?

Our  Understanding A Dementia Diagnosis  class instructor Dr. Debra Hagerty DNP, RN, NHA, FACDONA, Associate Professor of Nursing at GA Southern University Armstrong campus, explores the probable progression, treatment, and prognosis of dementia. Additional time will be allotted for questions, discussions, support and learning from Dr. Hagerty and caregivers who understand the stress of your situation.
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.
Edel Caregiver Institute located in the Demere Center for Living
Tuesday, October 8th : 10-11am
Monday, October 28th : 1-2pm
6000 Business Center Dr., Savannah
Additional Info: Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org
Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church
Thursday, October 3rd: 1-2pm
Thursday, October 17th: 1-2pm
Skidaway Island
54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah
Additional Info: Haley O'Reilly with Coastal Care Partners at 912-484-0118 or Haley@CoastalCarePartners.com
The ALS Association holds their monthly support group at the Demere Center for Living 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
Efffingham Health System invites any community members whose lives have been touched by cancer. All caregivers, patients, and family members are welcome.
When: October 30, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Location: Kieffer Hall Community Room at Effingham Hospital
RSVP to Marian Marshall MSW, LMSW by October 23
Phone 912-754-2674
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
First Monday of the month from 10:30am - 1:30pm
Contact Joyce Crowder-McBride at 912-927-0500 or email: Joyce.Crowder-McBride@savannahcommons.com for more information.
Oaks at Pooler
Second Tuesday of the month from 12:30 - 3:30pm
Contact Kim Keough at 912-348-2360 or email: Kim.Keough@OaksSeniorLiving.com for more information.
Buckingham South
Second Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 2:30pm
Contact Janet Sweeney at 912-355-5550 for more information.
Legacy at Savannah Quarters
Third Monday of the month from 1:00 - 3:30pm
Please contact the Shepherd Living concierge at 844-8-POOLER for more information.
Caregiver Assistance at the
Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
Monday, October 14th
11:30am - 1:30pm

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.
The Frank G. Murray Community Center
Tuesday, October 15th at 10:30 - 11:30am

Who are Caregivers?
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.

Join us for a free presentation that offers an overview of caregiver support resources and services delivered through Edel Caregiver Institute. We will also be discussing the upcoming caregiver support group here at the community center. A free group welcoming all caregivers.
For more information, contact The Frank G. Murray Community Center at 912-898-3320.
The Edel Caregiver Institute will now be available to meet with caregivers at the United Way Service Center in Rincon twice monthly on the second and third Thursday from 9:30am - 4:00pm .
The United Way is located at 711 Zitterour Road in Rincon.
Please contact Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or email: JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org for more information or to schedule an office appointment.
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
A complimentary service of the Edel Caregiver Institute

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.
The Edel Caregiver Institute Caregiver & Patient Advocacy app is available for download on your iOS or Android phone!

This app offers local resources and information to help all non-professional caregivers learn how to best deal with impending or current caregiving challenges and needs. It also offers resources and helpful links for patients themselves. We are grateful to our local partners – primarily  St. Joseph’s/Candler , the  United Way of the Coastal Empire  and many other service agencies for their collaboration on this ground-breaking community resource. We know you will find it useful in your medical or caregiving journey. Download it today!

For Android users, please  visit this link to download.
For iOS users, the app will be available in the Apple Store soon. In the interim, access by opening your Safari browser to  visit this link , then just click on the icon below and “Add to Home Screen.”
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 all classes are held at the Edel Caregiver Institute located at 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah 31405.
Visit us online at www.EdelCaregiverInstitute.org

The Edel Caregiver Institute is part of the Hospice Savannah, Inc. continuum of care.