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Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

March 9, 2015

 

As many as 43.5 million Americans care for older parents, grandparents, spouses and other older loved ones. 

Some older adults need only a little assistance; for example, help with shoveling snow or rides to and from the grocery store. Others need a lot of help with daily activities like eating, bathing, dressing, taking medications and managing money. Over time, an older adult often needs increasing help from caregivers.

While caring for an older family member can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, it can also be stressful. 

Caregiver Health Issues

February 9, 2015

 

Caregivers are a critical national health care resource. Families often are a primary source of home care and support for older relatives, contributing services that would cost hundreds of billions of dollars annually if they had to be purchased. Nurses’ role in home health care has expanded from being primary caregivers to teaching and assisting family members to provide care. Similarly, social workers now play a critical role in providing advice and support to caregivers. 

November is National Caregivers Month: Celebrate Our Heros

November 3, 2014 | by Stacey Burton, M.Ed., CDMS, CRC

 

November is National Family Caregivers Month, when we honor those who dedicate themselves daily to caring for their loved ones, sacrificing sleep, finances, time, and often, their own health.

 

According to statistics provided by the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 50 million people in the U.S. provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend in any given year. The value of the services they provide for “free” amounts to 306 billion dollars a year.

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