For Caregivers

Caregiver Support Programs

Caring for someone with a serious illness can be very rewarding, but it can also be difficult and overwhelming. Avow is here to ease your mind and help you cope. We offer a variety of services including support groups, volunteer support and help finding resources in the community that can help you.

Avow’s caregiver support groups are open to anyone in the community; neither the caregiver nor the patient needs to be associated with Avow’s hospice services in any way. Attendees may be parents, spouses, children or friends of people suffering from cancer, dementia, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, frailty or any other condition. Attendees can participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. Group leaders also help caregivers find resources in the community for whatever types of assistance their loved ones may need. See the link at the bottom of the page to view monthly support group schedules.

Caregiver Support Groups

Naples

First (1st) and Third (3rd) Tuesday of the Month 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Ispiri community center on the Avow campus, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples

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Marco Island

Third (3rd) Friday of the Month 1:00 – 2:00 PM

5/3 Bank Conference Room, 650 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island

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Additional support for families of hospice patients at Avow

Avow is here to support the families and friends of hospice patients in our care. We offer a variety of services including support groups, volunteer support and help finding resources in the community that can help you.

If you are tending to someone who is terminally ill, we:

  • Explain what to expect as the patient transitions through this phase of their life, so you aren’t surprised or unnecessarily alarmed by behaviors, sights, sounds or other symptoms.
  • Listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Call us 24/7 – we’ll immediately connect you with a hospice nurse who can help you through an issue or make an emergency visit.
  • Teach you how to dispense medications, change dressings, bathe, position and groom the patient and provide other types of physical care.
  • Talk with you about family dynamics and how the stress of serious illness can bring out the best and worst in family members.
  • Help you fill out Medicare/insurance paperwork.
  • Arrange for a volunteer to sit with your loved one while you run errands, attend appointments or when you just need a little break
  • Tell you about other community resources you or the family may need

Provide grief support services to you and your family

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English: Hospice Caregiver Guide


Spanish: Hospice Caregiver Guide