If you’ve ever been a caregiver for someone with dementia, you know it’s easy to become so focused on your loved one that you forget to take care of yourself. Those at the St. Anthony’s Memory Disorders Center saw firsthand the need for respite among caregivers attending their support groups and decided to offer an assist.
The 2nd annual Camp Caregiver was held the weekend of March 14-15 at DaySpring, a camp located on 100 acres of beautiful wooded property along the Manatee River in Ellenton. The annual retreat provides repite for caregivers, relieving them from their caregiving duties. The free weekend provides campers with accommodations and meals. It’s a time for caregivers to relax, socialize and enjoy activities such as canoeing or kayaking, a canopy walk, chair massages, comedians, arts and crafts, music and dancing. Saturday night’s program included dinner, a campfire, games, a drum circle and an entertainer.
Camp Caregiver is funded with the support of St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation and Morton Plant Hospital Foundation.
The Memory Disorders Center at St. Anthony's is a free outpatient community support center for patients with memory disorders and their caregivers. Teh Center provides social work needs assessment and treatment of psychosocial issues involved in caring for a person with memory loss.
In addition, providers at the Center teach communication strategies and provide appropriate resources for both patients and caregivers – resources that they have researched and visited that are well-suited to a families’ needs.