Guidelines for Caregiver Support Group:
· Facilitators and group members will
maintain all discussion confidential from group meetings and will keep names
and discussion confidential outside of the meetings
§ Because confidentiality is essential,
we expect that each person will respect and maintain the confidentiality of the
group. What is said in group is not to
be repeated or discussed at any other time or place. Do not tape or record the
law: As social workers, The Senior Source support group facilitators also need
to inform you that they are mandatory reporters. This means if they suspect
there is a concern about the safety of a group member causing harm to
themselves, or that a group member may harm others, this includes concerns of
abuse, neglect, or exploitation, they are required by law to report it to the
· Allow each group member an
opportunity to speak during every meeting
· Share personal concerns, experiences,
and questions but focus on purpose of group
§ Facilitators are available for
support outside of group meeting time to provide individual support, resources
Behavior and Language consistent whether in person, by zoom, or by phone
· Fully dressed in common area
· Language that does not “attack”
another individual in the group
Meeting and member boundaries
· We will not share your individual
information with group members
· It is an individual’s decision
whether to pursue contact with other group members outside of group
meetings-this includes sharing of cell phone numbers, outside conversations,
face to face meetings
· It is important to focus on the
collective purpose of the support group and to be aware that crossing
boundaries can impact the entire group
· We each share the responsibility of
making this group work.
· We try to accept people, just as they
are, and avoid making judgements.
· We have the right to speak and the
right to remain silent.
· We give supportive attention to the
person who is speaking and avoid side conversations.
· We do not discuss group members who
are not present.
· We begin and end our meetings on
Even though our goal is to support each person, this group
may not meet all your needs. We
encourage each group member to consider engaging in individual
counseling/therapy along with attending this support group so that the spectrum
of their needs is being met. “There is
no such thing as too much support
It is not common, but we reserve the right to remove an
individual member if the person does not follow these basic guidelines and
places other members at risk.
I have read
and I understand the Caregiver Support Group information provided above. I agree to follow all guidelines for
participation. I have been provided the
opportunity to speak with a staff person about the group and to ask any
questions I have.