Finding Help for Caregiving Tasks

Finding Help for Caregiving Tasks

Six years ago, the AARP published a study that found many family caregivers performed medical/nursing tasks for care recipients. These tasks included managing medications, helping with assistive mobility, preparing food for special diets, providing wound care, even using monitors. Now, a new study shows more family caregivers are assuming responsibility for particularly demanding procedures. One nurse educator put it this way, “Many of the things I studied in nursing school are now expected of (family) caregivers without the same support system.” Loving but untrained family members are stressed as this advanced level of caregiving is becoming more common. It takes it’s toll on caregivers, especially those lacking a family or social support network. There are several sources of help. The Family Caregiver Alliance organization has a variety of webinars and videos. Topics range from dementia-proofing your home to caregiving through the holidays. YouTube offers a number of caregiver tutorials that can be seen at caregiver training videos. You can also visit the...
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Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Caregiving, caregivers and the problems associated with meeting the needs of our growing senior population are among the greatest challenges facing our society. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2008 there were more than 34 million unpaid caregivers in the United States. This figure does not include the professional workers who provide home care, home health aide, respite care or senior day care, and the number has surely grown since 2008. Unpaid caregivers provided an estimated 90% of the long term in-home care services, the majority coming from family members. Typically, the home care provider was a female in her mid-40’s who provided 20 or more hours of care each week, most likely to a parent. Thirty-seven percent of the caregivers had quit their job or reduced their work hours to take this responsibility. More than half of these caregivers reported that their own health had declined and, according to the AARP, home care providers actually spent an average...
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