Higher incidence of headaches, gastro-intestinal problems and insomnia An increased risk of heart disease. Mental Effects Compared with noncaregivers, the following occur more often in caregivers: Depression and anxiety disorders, and these can persist, even after the death of the patient or placement in a nursing home—guilt often adding to this sad picture.
Alcohol and other substance use—this has serious implications for driving and operating machinery as well as damage to health.
Emotional Effects Emotional exhaustion and caregiver stress is real and debilitating. Among signs of caregiver stress are anger at self and the patient; social withdrawal from friends and activities previously enjoyed; irritability leading to moodiness; negative thoughts and reactions; inability to concentrate; and errors at work—the wage-earning caregiver cannot afford this.
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There is evidence now that emotional stress adversely affects longevity—this goes with the higher risk of mortality I have mentioned above. Physical, mental and emotional damage, or a combination of all three? What a gloomy picture! But is it always like this? Does it need to be like this?
We can change it, ladies and gentlemen. Sick caregivers cannot effectively look after chronically sick patients so we must find ways to keep caregivers healthy.
How might we do this? As well as the studies supporting the adverse effects on health I have described above, there are other studies that make it abundantly clear that access to a good social support network—family and friends, community resources, religious groups, volunteers—and respite care have a strongly positive effect on the mental, physical and emotional health of the caregiver.
Respite Care can range from a family member, friend or volunteer coming in for a few hours each week to give the main caregiver a break, to having the care recipient attend a day care center, to admitting him or her to a nursing home for a few days to hiring in-home help. Respite care is caring for the caregiver.
Fragmented Support Systems How can caregivers access much needed help? This, alas, is one of the major problems. There are many good resources available all over the US, but fragmented. It was a sad time, because she was one of the unlucky ones—she developed cancer and it was diagnosed too late when it had spread widely.
She had felt bad for months, but told no one. My mother spent the last few months of her life on hospice, and access to it was so easy. A public health nurse was available at all times. Home visits were made by the doctor at regular intervals. I could obtain any equipment we needed at the local Red Cross office.
This high quality care National Health Service meant: A somewhat similar system exists at Kaiser Permanente—when I worked there I had easy, one-stop access to obtaining resources for my patients both inside Kaiser and in the community, and there were medical social workers and a home care team.Eighty family caregivers of persons with AD completed a survey with quantitative measures [demographic variables, Herth Hope Index (HHI-hope), World Health Organization Quality of Life -BREF (WHOQOL-BREF)] and a qualitative survey about their transitions experience.
A Physician's View of Caregiver Health - Archive Printer-friendly version A legislative hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care in Sacramento focused attention on strategies to support family caregivers in California.
The purpose of this concept analysis is to uncover the essential elements involved in caregivers' resilience in the context of caring for children with chronic conditions. In analyzing the concept of resilience among caregivers of children with chronic conditions, a new definition has emerged.
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