Caregiver Support Group

Project Dana’s CCSG program is unique in its concept by offering three different types of caregiver training/support group sessions along with individual counseling support to caregivers. The goal of the program is to help alleviate the stress that come with continuous caregiving responsibilities. Caregivers must be providing care to someone who is 60 years old or older living at home*.

 

The program provides two consecutive meetings every month, with an additional meeting every three months. Caregiver training/support group sessions are held on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Social Hall (1727 Pali Highway) located downstairs of the main temple structure. Location may change so please contact Project Dana. Parking is available in the front of or at the back of the main temple.

 

Education Sessions. Speakers from various professions and organizations are invited to present on topics related to caregiving. Education sessions on various topics enable caregivers to better understand their loved ones and how to effectively care for them, while also learning to care for themselves. It helps in increasing caregiver knowledge on and connection to different community resources available for assistance. A continental breakfast and a light lunch are offered on days when we have education sessions.

 

Rap Sessions.  During these sessions, caregivers are given the opportunity to “talk story.” Joys and benefits of being a caregiver are often expressed along with frustrations and concerns. Caregivers also have the opportunity to explore potential solutions shared among other caregivers.  On days when rap sessions are scheduled, participants are asked to bring a dish to share in the potluck luncheon.

 

Outing Sessions. Once every three months, the caregivers in this support group are treated to a time of fun and relaxation to nurture the mind, body, and spirit with healthy socialization, discovering new places, and/or engaging in activities outside the realms of everyday caregiving. In some cases, a partial/entire cost for the outing may be contributed. The participants will be notified in advance of the planned event the date, time, and cost of the outing.

 

One-on-one counseling. There are times where an individual can feel lonely being in a group. For caregivers who need additional assistance, one-on-one counseling may be arranged to provide a sympathetic ear and guidance, and to address their individual stresses and needs.

 

Project Dana has sponsored the CCSG program for 17 years. The program receives partial funding through a grant under the Older Americans Act of 1965, Title III E Funds, administered by the Hawaii State Executive Office on Aging through the Elderly Affairs Division, City and County of Honolulu. Monetary donations and other contributions are greatly appreciated to sustain the quality of the program.

 

* Contact Project Dana’s CCSG Coordinator for grant criteria.

 

Updated: March 2018