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Advice For Caregivers
We recognize that the role of caregiving to our loved ones is not an easy task by any means. In the United States, at any one time, 12 million people are providing care to a loved one with serious limitations. Caregiving for a loved one can have serious consequences. Depression rates increase, as well as physical illnesses. There is an increased mortality of the caregivers themselves – caregivers have a 60% higher mortality rate than someone who does not have caregiving duties.
Then there is caregiving at the end of life, a very stressful time for sure. The care you are providing typically exceeds 8 hours a day. In fact, 20% of caregivers providing full-time care for their loved one report providing over 100 hours a week of care when caring for someone at home. Where can one go for help then?
It is important to get support which can come in many forms. Family, friends, church and professionals are all avenues for assistance. Hospice and palliative care can help you with this journey. The nurse can educate, teach and provide medical expertise. A social worker can help link you to available community and hospice resources, plus counsel you as to options for care and assistance. A nursing aide can provide a much needed break from personal care chores for your loved one and also teach ways to make the care easier for you when you need to provide it. Chaplains help connect you to resources as well as renew your spiritual self. The hospice and palliative care team is there for you.
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