Support Group

What is the Caregiver Support Group?

Receive support and offer it to other caregivers sharing similar experiences

Do you have a friend or family member whom you give care to?  Caregiving duties may range from occasional errand-running and other supportive care to 24-hour, live-in support.  If this is you, please join us in our conference room from 4-5 p.m. every second Monday of each month.

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Avoid Caregiver Burnout by Attending Our 6-Week Powerful Tools for Caregiver® Classes

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers® class series was developed as an educational program to provide family caregivers with the tools to increase their self-care and their caregiving ability and confidence. Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as a problem. They often feel that they have no control over events, and that feeling of powerlessness has a significant negative impact on caregivers' physical and emotional health.

As a result of participating in the class, past participants report they:

  • Are better at caring for themselves,
  • Have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression,
  • Have increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving, and
  • Take more advantage of community services.

Class members receive “The Caregiver Helpbook,” which was developed specifically for the class. Trained facilitators lead the classes using a standardized curriculum. 

If you are interested in attending a future class, please call (406) 541_HELP--space is limited and is available first-come, first-serve. Cost for the class series is $65; sliding fee scale and scholarships are available. Respite care may also be available. Click on the button to see a story by Montana Public Radio.

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  • "After taking this class, I feel less stress and more confident about caring for my mom. I know I can come here and get the help I need."
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    Get the tools you need to care for yourself, while caring for someone else.

    Get the tools you need to care for yourself, while caring for someone else.

    Email us to sign up for the next Powerful Tools for Caregivers® class series.

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    Eunice is a former Senior Companion with the Respite Program. In March 2012, at 90 years old, Eunice received an award from the Hospice Care Foundation for her volunteer service.

    Eunice is a former Senior Companion with the Respite Program. In March 2012, at 90 years old, Eunice received an award from the Hospice Care Foundation for her volunteer service.

    Taking time to care for yourself helps you become a better caregiver to others. Missoula Aging Services offers a holistic Respite Program that can even provide financial assistance to hire an alternate caregiver to allow you a break from your primary caregiving duties.

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  • Get the tools you need to care for yourself, while caring for someone else.

    Get the tools you need to care for yourself, while caring for someone else.

  • Eunice is a former Senior Companion with the Respite Program. In March 2012, at 90 years old, Eunice received an award from the Hospice Care Foundation for her volunteer service.

    Eunice is a former Senior Companion with the Respite Program. In March 2012, at 90 years old, Eunice received an award from the Hospice Care Foundation for her volunteer service.

Other Resources

To find other support groups offered in Missoula visit the St. Patrick Hospital website. Click Here to learn more.

If you are providing care to someone living with Alzheimer’s, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website. Click Here to learn more.

If you are providing care to someone living with Parkinson’s Disease visit the National Parkinson’s Foundation website. Click Here to learn more.

If you are a caregiver, visit the Caregiver Action Network. Click Here to learn more.