Support Groups

ATTENTION: 

Please check the schedule below carefully. For the time being, upcoming support groups will 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 all COVID-19 vaccinations, practice social distancing and appropriate sanitization, and wear a mask indoors in areas of high transmission.”

For more details, scroll down for the complete list of support groups or click on the “Support Groups Schedule” button below. You may also contact Benevilla Director of C.A.R.E.S. Jennifer Kehren at 623.526.4404

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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.

Benevilla Support Groups

Life Enrichment Programs Caregiver Support Group Respite Policy

Effective 07/16/2021

Benevilla support groups provide opportunities for caregivers to learn more ways to provide care for their loved one while receiving encouragement and support from other group members.  While you are at one of the Benevilla 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.

Benevilla Support Group Facilitator Stephanie Lamb

Stephanie Lamb Benevilla

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.

Support Groups Schedule

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, 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.

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, and Co-Facilitator Bill Lusk, CSA Certified Senior Advisor with Care Patrol of Northwest Phoenix.

Bereavement

*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 Bingo Hall

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

1ST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH
3:00PM – 4:00PM
IN PERSON AT: Benefitness Adaptive Gym at Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, 85378

ZOOM LINK: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/94740705681

This group is for caregivers of persons with a Parkinson’s diagnosis who want to connect with other caregivers for support. During
the meeting, The Caregivers’ loved ones (with a Parkinson’s diagnosis) may participate in a modified version of the Rock Steady Boxing™ program at the NEW Benefitness gym. Pre-registration is required. RSVP at least 3 days prior to the meeting by contacting the group facilitator. All activity participants must provide a medical release from their physician to exercise.

Adult Children Caregivers

*HYBRID MEETING*

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

In-person meetings at The Church @ Cactus

8133 W Cactus Rd., Peoria, AZ 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: Benevilla Staff and Co-facilitator Crystal Littlejohn, MHSA, CMC, CSA, Certified Geriatric Care Manager with Geriatric Resources.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Parenting isn’t easy – especially the second-time around.

Grandparents or relatives who find themselves in the unexpected position of raising their grandchildren or kin face complex questions and situations. Sharing a household across generations can be more manageable with the support of others on the same journey.

Through the help of our caregiver supportive services, grandparents can balance the challenges of this growing family dynamic.

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