Don’t Carry the Burden Yourself
I like to think of my Caregivers as “Inspired Caregivers” because we focus on the
Caregiver instead of the patient, offering a spiritual retreat from the 36-hour
mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. I welcome ALL Caregivers
responsible for a loved one regardless of the physical and/or mental illness
because ALL Caregivers share so many common bonds. Whether the patient has
Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, Cancer, PTSD or any other illness, ALL
Caregivers face the same risks for potential burnout and emotional despair.
Julie facilitates Caregiver Support Groups on a regular basis. The groups focus
on the empowerment and well-being of the caregiver.
Job Description of a Caregiver—
Age: No minimum or maximum
Sex: Male or female
Race: Black, brown, red, yellow, or white
Caregiving experience: None required
Location: Anywhere in the world
Relationship to patient: Can be related or unrelated
Patient disorders: Chronic illness or disabilities
Patients: Parents, siblings, lovers, children, spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and others
Compensation: Volunteer and paid professional
Length of workday: 24 hours, plus
Length of assignment: Several days to a lifetime
Must be willing to:
Make life and death decisions in an instant.
Assist with or perform activities of daily living such as feeding, bathing and dressing.
Manage housework, meals, laundry and groceries.
Administer medication and other healthcare tasks.
Provide emotional support and companionship.
Assume legal responsibilities.
Consult with healthcare professionals.
Stand up for patient’s needs against all odds, including disagreeing with family members and professionals.
Ensure that others don’t take advantage of patient.
Secure environment so that patient is physically safe.
Be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Plan activities for people who may not have memory or mobility.
Chart and record key information about patient.
Watch patient deteriorate and/or die.
Be emotionally strong. Caregiving provokes intense sadness
By visiting our site we hope you will find Comfort, Empowerment and Support for yourself and your Caregiver team. The products and services have been specially designed to complement the awesome task of Caregiving.
Caring for a Loved One with Physical and/or Mental Illness
Date: 3rd Monday of each month
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Facilitator: Julie Cook Downing
Classroom outside the Cafeteria
5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL
We want to welcome you to our
caregivers’ support group that
focuses on you, the caregiver,
offering a retreat from the never
ending mental and physical
responsibilities of caregiving. This
free group provides compassionate
support and an opportunity to explore
new solutions together to caregiver
Doctors Hospital is home to the area’s only voluntary inpatient behavioral health program dedicated to the needs of adults. They offer specialized care to meet your unique needs in a private and spacious environment.
For more information, call (888) 685-1596.
FREE Monthly Lunch and Support Group for Veterans’ Caregivers
and Veterans Caring for a Loved One
Date: Third Monday Monthly
Time: 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Location: Mindspa Integrative Wellness Center
5632 Bee Ridge Road, Unit 101 (Next to VA Clinic)
Lunch Sponsor: Mindspa Integrative Wellness Center
Registration Required: Four Days Prior to Group Meeting
E-mail Julie Cook Downing;
Facilitator: Julie Cook Downing
President, Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC
In this group you will:
Share sacred and confidential space with others having similar concerns and challenges
Have a relaxed retreat from the 36-hour mental and/or physical responsibilities of caregiving
Discuss a highly interactive topic that will provide solutions to many caregiving challenges