Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MoCo Caregiver Podcasts

The MoCo Caregiver Podcast series is published by Montgomery County Maryland's Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Disability Services - Caregiver Support Program. Produced and hosted by: Lylie Fisher.
The Podcasts feature: rewarding audio interviews, practical resources, helpful supports and quality of life engagement. Each Podcast episode is under 30 minutes.

Click on the arrows to start each Podcast. Play on computer, smart phone, iPad etc.

Episode #1
Elizabeth Barnes representing the 
Maryland Association for Adult Day Care Services
and she is the Senior Director of 
Adult and Senior Services with EasterSeals.
Kathleen Williams the Director of 
Senior and Disability Services with Holy Cross Health and she is the Director of their Medical Adult Day Center.
Episode #2 
Jeff Wright the State Director with 
Mentor ADH including their culturally diverse programs in Montgomery County.
Eunice (Enlin) Peng the Activity Supervisor with Mentor ADH's 
Rainbow Adult Day Health Care Center
A Special Guided Meditation for Caregivers

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A Guide to Caregiver Supports - in Montgomery County - new publication

Montgomery County Cares about Caregivers

Caregivers are a vital part of the community - they are unpaid family, friends, partners, colleagues, neighbors, members of faith communities and volunteers. Research has proven when caregivers receive support, they can better maintain their own health and be more effective as a care partner.

Montgomery County's Caregiver Support Program's "A Guide to Caregiver Supports - in Montgomery County",  presents a range of practical resources for caregivers. County and community-based services are available to help caregivers, these include: support groups; in-home assistance; relief with day to day chores; enrichment activities; education and connection with other caregivers.

Well Connected - telephone based support and life long learning

This award-winning program offers activities, education, support groups, and friendly conversation over the phone or online.

Well Connected is a community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value being connected. All groups are accessible by phone from wherever you are at no cost to you.

Whether you like art or zoology, music or meditation, there is a program for you. Each Well Connected session offers groups and classes on a wide range of topics. You’re sure to find one that interests you. And Well Connected meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a chance to connect.

HOW DOES IT WORK?Well Connected members call in via a toll-free number at a set time each week, with some groups also offering the option to connect via computer, tablet, or mobile device. Most groups last 30 minutes to an hour with around 12 participants. Newcomers are always welcome! If you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you’ve let the group know you’re there.

Click here to see the Fall schedulehttps://covia.org/services/well-connected/

Winter Growth Caregiver Support Group

4th Thursday of each month from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Caregiver Support Groups give families the opportunity for emotional support, practical caregiving techniques, and education. Licensed social workers and guest speakers provide information related to disease progression, symptoms, treatments, and resources. Creative problem solving among caregivers themselves helps to ease the way for all. Sharing the pain, frustration and, often, guilt associated with being a caregiver is critical for mental health. A healthy dose of laughter at some of the situations caregivers experience is also healing to the spirits of those who have taken on an enormous task. Motivated by love, family caregivers face a daily roller coaster of sadness and joy as they reach out to their loved ones. Winter Growth, in turn, reaches out to caregivers to support them in their mission.

Please call Winter Growth’s main office at 301-774-7501 if you will be attending.


18110 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, MD 20832 

Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center

The Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center is a wealth of information and

supportive services for caregivers. If you’re living with aging parents, or caring for a loved one or friend, the center is your go-to resource for support, education and the latest on healthy aging, and disease diagnosis and treatment.

The caregiver resource center hosts caregiver support groups, where spouses and adult children can share sorrows and problems, joys and successes, resources and solutions. The center also sponsors caregiver education classes featuring information on everything from handling your aging parent’s finances and first aid—to CPR. View caregiver classes and support group information.

The center also hosts a Caregiver Telephone Helpline at 301-754-7152 to answer questions about services and resources for caregivers.

The center’s health information library is a complimentary service that provides caregivers access to books, DVDs, audiotapes and videotapes on caregiver issues and health-related topics, as well as pamphlets, AARP publications and reprints of health-related articles. Other caregiver resources of this library include brochures from local resources, and listings of aging adult services in our community.

The center’s complimentary newsletter, Caregiver News, is published three times a year to provide you with tips, book reviews, resources, articles on care giving, and listings of the center’s upcoming seminars, lectures and support groups.

Caregivers Support Group, Suburban Hospital - Bethesda

Wednesday, September 18

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This ongoing, monthly group is open to all cancer caregivers. Join us for an evening of learning,
conversation, companionship, and a healthy snack. Guest speakers will discuss relevant topics, such as coping with diagnosis, working with employers, health insurance issues, disability claims,estate planning, financial matters, intimacy and respite and stress management for the caregiver. Sponsored by Suburban Hospital and HCI Volunteer Helping Hands. 

Registration required; contact Barbara Doherty, MS, RN at 301-896-6782 or at bdohert4@jhmi.edu

Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center
6420 Rockledge Drive Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20817 

Registration may not be required for this event. See event description above. 

For more information, call 301-896-3939.

ALS Association - Support Groups

The ALS Montgomery County, MD Association offers Support Groups for caregivers of a loved one who is living with ALS.

Reminder: Before attending your first resource support group, please contact the group's leader

2019 Meeting Schedule for CAREGIVER ONLY Support Group
 Typically 1st Saturday of Month
Time: 10:30am - 12:30 pm

Upcoming Dates
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7

Location: 30 W. Gude Drive- Suite 150
Rockville, MD 20850

To learn more and inquire about these groups.
Facilitator: Joan Deye
Email: deyejoan@yahoo.com
Telephone: 301-938-1598

ALS VIRTUAL Support Groups

Reminder: Before attending your first resource support group, please contact the group's leader
2019 Scheduled Meetings for People with ALS and Caregivers 
Scheduled the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: "Join Me" Virtual Platform
Facilitators: Ellen Cochrane & Kendra Campbell, M.D.
To learn more and join the group: email: DRaneri@alsinfo.org
Telephone: 301-741-8810

Upcoming Dates
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12

End of Life Community Supports - Caring Matters

CaringMatters (founded as Hospice Caring in 1989) serves children, adults and families facing life-
threatening illness and experiencing the death of a loved one. CaringMatters also increases community awareness and advocacy about end-of-life concerns, advance care planning and grief. CaringMatters serves the culturally and economically diverse residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Their small staff and a large volunteer community provide adult and child bereavement and caregiving direct services. All volunteers are screened and have completed at least three full days of specialized training; ongoing training and support are given. Programs are regularly evaluated for their impact on people CaringMatters serves.

All services are delivered free-of-charge; none are covered by Medicare or other public or private insurances.

Caring Matters has a range of hands on help and support groups:

Hospice Care
CaringMatters is licensed by the state of Maryland as a limited hospice care program. While they do not provide medical services, there trained volunteers supplement medical hospice and support patients who are still pursuing curative treatment. All services are free of charge.

Services include but are not limited to:
Companionship and socialization
Emotional support
Respite for family caregivers
Limited transportation within Montgomery County, MD
Errands, meal preparation and other household tasks
Accompaniment on outings with ambulatory clients

Support Groups
Surviving the death of a loved one can be challenging emotionally and on a practical level. The pain and distress of grief is often misunderstood by those around us, adding to our sense of uncertainty at a vulnerable time in our life.
Support groups that are accepting new members:

Spousal/Partner Loss, Age 50-70, Gaithersburg, Monday Evening
Spousal/Partner Loss Age 50+, Gaithersburg, Monday Evening
Spousal/Partner Loss, Chevy Chase, Thursday Daytime
Spousal/Partner Loss, Silver Spring, Monday Daytime
Spousal/Partner Loss, Wheaton, Thursday Daytime
Spousal/Partner Loss, Leisure World, Alternate Tuesdays Daytime
Spousal/Partner Loss, Leisure World, Alternate Thursdays Daytime
Suicide Loss, Gaithersburg, Tuesday Evening
Parent Loss, Gaithersburg, Thursday EveningClick here to learn more about CaringMatters and its community based supports

Email: caring@caringmatters.org
Phone: 301-869-HOPE (4673)

Caregiver Support Group, Ingleside at King Farm

The Care Partner Support Group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Ingleside at King Farm (701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville). 

This group is available to residents and community members who are caring for loved ones with cognitive decline. The purpose of the group is to provide a space for members to:
  • Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns in a supportive, non-threatening, non-judgmental atmosphere
  • Develop realistic expectations of themselves and their cognitively impaired loved ones and to understand the impact of the disease on family dynamics
  • Provide social contact for caregivers who feel isolated due to the demands of caregiving
  • Familiarize people with resources available within the IKF and the greater community

The group has been facilitated by Pamela Mills, Director of Memory Care Programs and Joan Rosenstein. Both Pam and Joan will continue to assist with the group but Anne Ellestad, Interim Chaplain, will take over as facilitator. 
For more information please contact Anne Ellestad at ext. 4072 or Pamela Mills at 301-407-2047.Mills

Phone: 301-407-2047

Email: pmills@inglesideonline.org

Cancer Support Helpline

The Cancer Support Community’s TOLL-FREE Cancer Support Helpline is for anyone affected by 

Call 1-888-793-9355
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET

Cancer Support Helpline®

The Cancer Support Helpline’s licensed counselors provide guidance, resources and support to cancer patients or their loved ones with a variety of needs—from getting information about cancer, identifying a local support group or just finding someone who is willing to listen. Counselors speak your language, providing supportive counseling in over 200 languages.

Additional Cancer Support Helpline services include:
  • Connecting callers to local or national resources, including support groups, transportation services and other programs
  • Short-term cancer counseling and emotional assistance
  • Treatment decision planning
  • Financial navigation and counseling regarding the costs of cancer and its treatments
  • Specialized information in pediatric oncology, finances, clinical trials, and genetics/genomics
  • Clinical trials navigation
  • Access to an online distress screening program, CancerSupportSource®
  • General information about the Cancer Support Community
  • Supportive counseling available in over 200 languages