Caregiver Stress and Burnout

Tip: Consider the benefits of attending a caregiver support group.

In my Elder Law Practice I meet regularly with families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The families I meet with come to me with legal, financial and healthcare problems that have arisen. I have a social worker who assesses the needs of these families, and the stress of caring for a loved one becomes very apparent.

Beginning in October, there is a new resource in Blackfoot available to caregivers. A caregiver support group is being offered for people who care for someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Laura Bingham, a social worker with Access Homecare and Hospice, is facilitating the group. She hopes to educate, share ideas, and support each other in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The first session is Wednesday, October 21, 2015. It will be held at 6 p.m. at the Gables Assisted Living, located at 2815 Hunters Loop, Blackfoot, Idaho . The class will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

You can learn more about caregiver programs and resources at Alzheimer’s Association at

Tom Packer is an Elder Law Attorney serving all of Southeast Idaho . As part of his law practice, Tom offers Life Care Planning to deal with the challenges created by long-term illness, disability and incapacity. If you have a question about a Senior’s legal, financial or healthcare needs, please call us.