Caregiver Support

ATTENTION: 

In-person meetings have begun again.
Please check the schedule below carefully because many upcoming Support Groups will now be held as hybrid meetings accessible both in person and online with Zoom.

All groups are open and ongoing. Participants are welcome to join any group they feel fits their needs and situation.

“Benevilla highly encourages Staff, Volunteers, and Group Members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, practice social distancing and sanitization, and wear a mask indoors in areas of high transmission.”

“Click” the links below to join via the Zoom Online Meeting Website.

For more information, please call our Benevilla Support Group Facilitator, Stephanie Lamb, at 928.613.2223 or the main office at 623.584.4999

We understand the stress that this pandemic has put on our caregivers and we want you to know we are here to support you. We know the needs of caregivers do not pause as this pandemic continues. 

The support Groups schedule will follow the current schedule below:

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Taking care of someone can be difficult. Support groups offer friends who can relate to your daily ups and downs and professionals who offer information and assistance.

Life Enrichment Programs Caregiver Support Group Respite Policy

Effective 07/16/2021

Benevilla support groups provide opportunities for caregivers to learn more techniques in providing care for their loved one while receiving encouragement and support from other group members.  While you are at one of Benevilla’s support groups you have the option of free respite at one of our Life Enrichment Programs. This free respite is only available during the time of the support group, and if there is space available in the program. If your loved one is already enrolled at the program they will need to use one of their regular scheduled days.

Caregivers will need to contact the program at least 24 hours in advance to see if there is space and schedule with the Director or designee.  The Life Enrichment Director or designee will schedule a time to meet with you in order to complete the necessary communication information before you use respite for the first time.  Please notify the Life Enrichment Director before bringing your loved one to the Life Enrichment Program for each respite care time.

Welcome Our New Support Group Facilitator – Stephanie Lamb

Stephanie Lamb Benevilla

Stephanie is a wife of 19 years to her husband, Rob, and Mom to two amazing kids, Savannah & Rylan, and one fur baby, her Maltipoo, Tucker. Stephanie is a lover of adventure and eternally curious, a student of life and academia. She has achieved an Associates in Advanced Behavioral Health, a Bachelors in Applied Human Behavior, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Northern Arizona University. Stephanie brings a wealth of varied experience serving people in every age, stage, and walk of life.
She began her career at Benevilla in 2008 and has passionately assisted and advocated for seniors and vulnerable persons in every position she has held. Stephanie envisions continuing the legacy of those before her in providing much-needed support and guidance for caregivers in our community.
Through our support groups and individual life coaching, she will encourage people to explore themselves creatively and openly, embrace their unique individuality, discover their strengths, courageously define goals, and challenge themselves to identify and implement changes they wish to make. Her overall goal is to help people process through their pain and struggles enabling them to achieve the wellness they envision.
Her strengths include being an encourager, peacemaker, empath, and a natural desire for the wellbeing of every person that crosses her path.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to and making music, off-roading in her Jeep “Andi”, hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, or exploring places she has never been.
She says: “One of the best things I have learned is the importance of self-care and being fully present in the moment. We can’t avoid stress in this life, but we CAN learn to manage it in much healthier ways.”

Memory Care Caregivers

Every Tuesday – *HYBRID MEETING*

10:00AM – 11:30AM

NEW LOCATION: In-person meetings at Faith Presbyterian Church,

16000 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, 85351.

Zoom Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/98322191127

This group is intended for caregivers of a loved one with various stages of cognitive impairment from dementia (Alzheimer’s, Frontotemporal, Lewy Body, etc.), traumatic brain injury, or other medical conditions that may have caused memory loss.

Facilitators: Stephanie Lamb, Benevilla Facilitator, and Co-Facilitators Lori Sears, RN, Owner/CEO with Assisted Living Locators and Carol Safford, Benevilla Volunteer.

Co-Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, Region One.

General Caregiving

Royal Oaks Caregivers Support Group – *HYBRID MEETING*

9:30AM – 10:30AM (Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of Each Month)

In-person meetings in the Chapel at Royal Oaks Lifecare Community,

10015 W Royal Oak Rd., Sun City, 85351 

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82233273385

This group is intended for caregivers of loves ones with various diagnoses who want to connect with other caregivers for support.

Facilitator: Stephanie Lamb, Benevilla Facilitator.

*NOTE: Group members will need to check in at the front desk of the lobby for a COVID-19 screening; Masks are required in this facility for any unvaccinated persons.

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Willowbrook Caregivers Support Group – *HYBRID MEETING*

9:30AM – 10:30AM (1st and 3rd Thursday)

In-person meetings at Willowbrook United Methodist Church,

19390 N. 99th Avenue, Sun City, 85373.

Zoom Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92387935498

This group is intended for caregivers of loves ones with various diagnoses who want to connect with other caregivers for support.

Facilitators: Stephanie Lamb, Benevilla Facilitator, and Co-Facilitator Bill Lusk, CSA Certified Senior Advisor with Care Patrol of Northwest Phoenix.

Bereavement

Bereavement Support Group – *HYBRID MEETING*

3:00PM – 4:30PM (Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of Each Month)

In-person meetings at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Room 1,

13724 W Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 85375. 

Zoom Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/97997313071

This group is for those who are experiencing grief due to the death a loved one and want to connect with others for support.

Facilitator: Stephanie Lamb with Benevilla.

Co-Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, Region One.

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Ambiguous Loss / Grief Support Group – *HYBRID MEETING*

NEW TIME:  11:30AM – 1:00PM (Every Wednesday)

In-person meetings at St. Clement of Rome Church,

15800 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, 85351.

Zoom Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/98883088456

This group is intended for those who are experiencing grief due to the expected loss a loved one and/or have placed a loved one in a group home or facility setting and want to connect with others for support.

Co-Facilitators:  Stephanie Lamb with Benevilla and Volunteer Carol Safford.

Co-Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, Region One.

 

Parkinson’s

3:00PM – 4:30PM (Every 1st Tuesday of Each Month)

*HYBRID MEETING* – RESUMES IN-PERSON AT NEW LOCATION:

Bellevue Heights Church inside Franklin Hall

9440 W. Hutton Dr.,Sun City, AZ, 85351

Zoom Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/94740705681

This group is intended for caregivers of persons with a Parkinson’s diagnosis who want to connect with other caregivers for support.

Facilitators: Stephanie Lamb, Benevilla Facilitator, and Co-Facilitator Sylvia Butler, MBS/HCA, Community Liaison with Hospice of the West.

Co-Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, Region One.

Adult Children Caregivers

NEW MEETING DAY/TIME & LOCATION  

6:00PM – 7:00PM (Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of Each Month)

Adult Children Caregivers Support Group – *HYBRID MEETING*

In-person meetings at Church @ Cactus (Benevilla West Valley Life Enrichment Program), 8133 W. Cactus Rd., Peoria, 85381.

Zoom Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/94364269884

This group is intended for adults who are caregivers for close relatives (parents, grandparents, or others) who want to connect with other caregivers for support.

Facilitators: Stephanie Lamb, Benevilla Facilitator and Co-facilitator Crystal Littlejohn, MHSA, CMC, CSA, Certified Geriatric Care Manager with Geriatric Resources.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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