A new support group program is being launched for male caregiver volunteers to exchange information and experience next month.
The Richmond Family & Friend Caregiver Hub program, operated by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), is starting a new monthly support group for male caregivers who provide unpaid care to older adults starting Feb. 17.
The program’s free sessions are open for caregivers who are friends or family members as well.
While Carol Dickson, manager of RCRG's Senior Community Support Services, said both genders take on the responsibility of caring for the elderly, male caregivers may experience unique and unexpected challenges.
The support group aims to provide a safe space for them to connect and learn from peers, she explained.
"Often you learn from other caregivers what works," Dickson said, "So you are there to support others when they are having a tough time and celebrate when things go right."
Dickson said some male caregivers may not attend workshops but actively seek information.
She added this group can be an “essential outlet” for male caregivers, and serves as a reminder that "they are not alone."
The support group will meet on the third Friday of every month.
To register for the Male Caregiver Support Group, or to request more information, call 604-279-7099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the Caregiver Hub online by clicking here for a full list of services, workshops and events.