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Grace Place launches new support group

With their new caregiver support group, leaders at Grace Place Senior Living hope to support those who are caring for elderly family members at home.

Kate Raymer, Grace Pace’s community relations manager and the group’s facilitator, felt it was needed because many people in Estacada care for older family members.

“Generations on generations live in Estacada, and a lot of times they live together,” she said.

The first group meeting was last month. Meetings will be held from 3-4 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Grace Place, 380 N.W. 6th Ave.

Raymer hopes the group will be an opportunity to connect caregivers with other helpful resources that are available locally. She cited ride connections, respite care and meals on wheels as valuable local resources within the county that are valuable for caregivers to know about.

She also noted that resources could be based around the needs of members in the group.

“We could connect them with mediators and elder law attorneys if need be,” she suggested.

Raymer believes the group will be a valuable opportunity for caregivers to connect with one another, since caring for older relatives can sometimes feel isolating.

“We want to connect everyone together,” she said.

She noted that it’s valuable to connect with other people in a caregiving situation since it can sometimes be an emotional experience. Often in a caregiving situation, adult children will take care of their parents, which is sometimes a difficult role reversal.

“It changed the dynamics of the relationship,” she said.

Because of this, she believes it will be valuable for caregivers to connect with other people in similar situations.

“(It will be a good opportunity to) share stories, understand what’s normal and deal with emotions,” she said.

Raymer hopes the group becomes a resource for other cities in addition to Estacada.

“We hope to be a resource for rural areas of Clackamas County,” she said.

Learn more

For more information about the caregiver support group, contact Grace Place at 503-630-5341.