When your spouse or significant other is disabled, there are many challenges to navigate to make sure they get the support they need. But this territory comes with challenges for you, too – feelings and concerns that are yours alone. Will I be able manage my partner’s needs and my own work/life needs at the same time? How are we going to manage these expenses? Will I still have a social life? Is it normal to be angry? What if something happens to ME? Is there any ME in this equation at all? It’s easy – and normal – to feel anxious and overwhelmed, frustrated, lonely, and worried. And downright exhausted.
Now there’s somewhere you can turn for support for your own needs. A place where others have stood in your shoes and understand what you are going through. A place to share your unique and complicated feelings and challenges without fear of judgment.
Introducing Hickman & Lowder’s new support group exclusively for partners and spouses of people with disabilities.
We’ve created a regular gathering for people with like challenges to get together and support and learn from one another – not about how to be a caregiver, but how to deal with all of the very real things you’re going through yourself.
This not your typical support group! What you’re doing in this new role takes courage and fortitude – often for both you and your partner – for the long road ahead. And you deserve all the tools and support befitting your role, including the benefit and comfort of others’ experience.
On the first Wednesday of each month, we’ll meet in a restaurant and enjoy some tasty appetizers together, a chance to catch a breath and commune with others who understand first-hand what life as the partner of a person with a disability can be like. Everyone will have the opportunity to vent if they choose. While we may eventually choose a formal topic for each month’s meeting, this group is yours, and it’s important that your needs help shape the discussion.
Each gathering will be facilitated by Hickman & Lowder’s own Care Coordinator, Janelle Leonard, a Licensed Independent Social Worker, and our Director of Administration, Jill Fowler, who is also the spouse of a person with a disability.
We look forward to creating this space for and with you!
To register, please complete the fields below, call 216-861-0360, or email JFowler@Hickman-Lowder.com. Space is limited to 10 people.
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