• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

Caregiver Support Group at The Beacon

ByJulie J. Helfer

Jul 21, 2022

It’s a small group and a safe place to discuss the challenges of caregiving and offer advice on how to better care for your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 16 from 1-2 p.m. and is open free to all caregivers in the community.

Sharon Oakes, a 51-year-old social worker, leads this support group.

“We don’t just have people who have loved ones at The Beacon, but people from the community are coming in as well,” Oakes said. “A lot of people just want to get their feet wet. For some people, it’s scary to go in a group, but it’s helpful.

The support group started about 4 years ago and seems to be on hiatus due to COVID. A year ago, the band got together and Oakes said everything was going great.

“Our sessions are designed to talk about the challenges they face, but also provide them with education and resources in the community to inform them about adult day care, Medicaid, various financial options, all kinds of things,” she said.
“It’s designed to be resource-driven as well as offload and ventilate,” Oakes added. “If you’re caring for someone with dementia, that’s a challenge.”

Oakes has been running support groups for 12 years now and enjoys guiding others on their healing journey.

“I like it because I can help people. I give them a chance to vent and let off steam, and sometimes help them find a direction to go, give them the best options,” she said.

Some ways to help memory are learning new skills, following a daily routine, and using memory tools like calendars and to-do lists. Putting your wallet, purse, or glasses in the same place every day can be helpful. Consistency is the key.

Volunteering in your community, at a school or place of worship, and spending time with friends and family is also known to help with memory.

The Beacon focuses on quality of life and provides premium memory care.

At The Beacon, residents are enveloped in a caring and protected environment that offers an exceptional range of therapy-focused activities, healthy meals to satisfy the pickiest of palates, and spacious common areas to engage friends and accommodate family. .

The Beacon offers spacious studios and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and courtyard views. Personalized safety response systems are available to residents, as are physiotherapy and exercise programs.

Other facilities include card rooms, a movie theater, putting green, salon and spa, and a restaurant-style restaurant. The Beacon wants to show its residents honor, respect and dignity.

The Beacon also has a 100% money back guarantee within 30 days of move-in if your loved one decides the community isn’t the right fit.

The Beacon runs daily tours and is open to visitors, even if the visitor does not personally know a resident. The Beacon community loves making new friends.

The Beacon uses this quote from Tia Walker to reflect and inspire its staff.

“Caring for those who have taken care of us is one of the greatest honors.”

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact The Beacon at 850-934-4306.