Why Everybody Must Take Family Caregiver Support More Seriously

 

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Research shows that caregivers often experience depression and anxiety, along with increased incidents of weight gain, digestive problems and high blood pressure, among other physical ailments. The need for unpaid caregivers is not going to change any time soon. Why Everyone Needs to Take Family Caregiver Support More Seriously.

Unpaid care from a family caregiver is what makes home care work for most families but caregivers rarely get sufficient respect and support for their efforts. share. caregiving. Support for Family Caregivers A Caregiver’s Guide for Family and Loved Ones According to the CDC, informal caregivers, such as family members or friends of elderly or ailing people who need assistance, are “the backbone of long-term care.” Many families cannot afford professional care or would prefer to take care of their loved ones themselves. Caregivers are more likely to have a chronic illness than are non-caregivers, namely high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a tendency to be overweight.

Studies show that an estimated 46 percent to 59 percent of caregivers are clinically depressed. Taking Responsibility for Your Own Care. In many families, the situation is familiar: As your loved ones grow older, they need help with daily and routine tasks.

Often, a family member steps in and takes care of the elder. Over time, the elder needs more help, so the family caregiver’s responsibilities grow. As the caregiver spends more time with the elder, even in harmonious families, other family members can become resentful.

Experts agree that your own health and well-being are essential to caring for your loved one. If you’re sick and exhausted, it can be tough on everyone, says Marion Somers, PhD, author of Elder. About 60% of caregivers show signs of clinical depression, and caregivers take more prescription medications, including those for anxiety and depression, than others in their age group. Reluctance in asking for and accepting help is a major barrier to getting necessary respite and support. One reason caregivers don’t get the help they need is that taking care of yourself feels like just “one more thing you have to do.” But we all need someone to talk to.

Special caregiver support groups in your community or online can help to reduce the feeling that you’re all alone and help you learn coping skills from others who are in similar situations. (See FCA Fact Sheet Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for. Please visit our Caregiver Support Program website or call our Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274 to get more information about this expansion and to learn about the many support services you can access now. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

ET. Some caregivers find support groups helpful. They allow caregivers to share their experiences, exchange information, and point each other toward organizations that have been particularly helpful.

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In addition, there is sufficient anecdotal evidence to conclude that family caregivers, particularly as they age, ignore their own healthcare needs in order to try and address, financially and otherwise, the healthcare needs of their loved one with an IDD.

“Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan” by I. Leslie Rubin, Joav Merrick, Donald E. Greydanus, Dilip R. Patel
from Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan
by I. Leslie Rubin, Joav Merrick, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2016

Often when family members assume the role of caregiver, they lose support from significant others and are at risk for caregiver role strain (Laitinen, et al., 2011).

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from Fundamentals of Nursing E-Book
by Patricia A. Potter, Anne Griffin Perry, et. al.
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Having family support is a factor in making care more connected.

“Connecting Care for Patients” by Barbara Katz
from Connecting Care for Patients
by Barbara Katz
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This is especially true when there is a single caregiver without a strong support system or if there are significant financial difficulties.

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from Neuropalliative Care: A Guide to Improving the Lives of Patients and Families Affected by Neurologic Disease
by Claire J. Creutzfeldt, Benzi M. Kluger, Robert G. Holloway
Springer International Publishing, 2018

• Because caregivers are a core part of health care and long-term care, it is important to recognize, respect, assess, and address their needs.

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from Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach
by Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
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• Support for family caregiver is sometimes necessary before caregiver can learn how to support someone else.

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from Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques E-Book
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It is important for the professional to recognize and support a patient’s strength and competence, regardless of his or her physical decline from illness and the consequent losses, and not encourage dependence because it makes the caregiver feel important.

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by David K. Meagher, David E. Balk
Taylor & Francis, 2013

Additionally, family/caregiver support is also a priority.

“Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing” by Betty Rolling Ferrell, Judith A. Paice
from Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing
by Betty Rolling Ferrell, Judith A. Paice
Oxford University Press, 2019

It is just as important to be there for the caregiver when they reach the time when they can no longer cope with the enormity of the caregiver experience and admit the need for help and support.

“Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life” by Marianne Matzo, PhD, APRN-CNP, FPCN, FAAN, Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN
from Palliative Care Nursing: Quality Care to the End of Life
by Marianne Matzo, PhD, APRN-CNP, FPCN, FAAN, Deborah Witt Sherman, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FAAN
Springer Publishing Company, 2018

Lack of such support is a key factor in the breakdown of home care.

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  • You kind sir have made my day. My father is legally blind and is slipping from alzheimers to dementia. I’m at my wits end and has slipped into depression.

  • My husband he just get his %100 disability Ve.and we were getting divorce sooner.we marriage over 10yrs do iam part of his benefits

  • Please fellow veterans, do not use this law firm to represent you
    for claims. Choose a more respectful, professional and helpful firm that
    cares about you and other veterans.

    Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick should be ashamed of them-self, they claim to “take pride in serving the veterans who served for us.” That is a lie.

    They
    wouldn’t help me with my claim, which is fine. I understand that every
    business cant help every one and every law firm cant take every case but
    the after I submitted took the time to submit and share very personal
    information over the phone with them i.e very personal and intimate
    details about my service that I do not divulge lightly their firm would
    not even pay me the respect of letting me know why they refused to help
    me. I completely complied with all requests, responded to all of their
    inquires to painful things I experienced and encountered and they lack
    the integrity and compassion to even explain why they refuse to help.

    Maybe
    my case wasn’t financially worth it to Chisholm Chisholm &
    Kilpatrick and their wasn’t enough money in it for them to line their
    pockets with the money earned from the blood sweat and tears of
    suffering veterans? Im not sure if that’s the reason but considering
    they refuse to even explain themselves, that is the only reason I am
    left with.

    Please use another company that actually cares about
    veterans, I can say first hand Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick does
    not!!!

  • can someone please explain to me why i got denied twice by the caregiver program when my husband is 100% disabled and we have all the proof of his disabilities and i pretty much do all the things a caretaker does and i also deal with the ups and downs and the emotions that come along with it. i have now had to write a 3rd letter for my appeal explaining to them why i am entitled to this it should not be like this to have to beg for help when this program is to help our veterans and caretakers im in the process of my 3rd appeal and im still waiting on a decision

  • I am at 80% paid at 100% unemployable, currently fighting social security, they stopped my benifits as they said my condition improved. VA letter says im unemployable, SSI letter say im unemployable. Confused.

  • Ive been out since January 2009 at 100% Disability. Is my wife of 5 1/2 years able to get this DEA/chapter 35 benefit? She only needs to redo a few certifications and somehow get money to do a non paid externship to finish her Associates in Medical Assisting. Is there a way for her to get money or a loan fir that. They expect her there 8-5 M-F so we (myself, the 2 kids, and herself) cant afford her to not have a full time job right now. So getting her degree and ever getting this much better job is basically being stonewalled. Any help would be great. Thank You.

  • Do you help veterans….not just with information because as you mentioned doing forms or knowing what is really what we can apply for is very hard for veterans to understand not only that other va assistance programs dont help…and the ones that can help they charge you an arm and a leg

  • Thanks guys. I would love to get help getting my spouse benefits. Ive got a combined rating of 140% for ptsd hearing loss and a gunshot wound resulting in the removal of my bicep.. My spouse works around the clock 24-7 to help me and neither of us receive any additional benefits.

  • i’m a ex spouse and my ex should have gotten 100% instead of 30%! Cause he had severe PTSD! He pass away 11 years and my question is can I get Indemnity compensation?! Because of his PTSD I had no choice but to divorced him because of his emotional abuse!! And it took a toll on my depression real bad!!

  • I reached out was told to send paper work. And was told they could not help with my case. No reason was given. So I just figured it had to do with my income.

  • I am currently rated at 80%, but am paid at the 100% rate permanent and total, due to IU. My wife needs health insurance, does she qualify for anything from the VA?

  • Our divorce states that upon his death, I am to be treated as his wife. Upon his death, would I be entitled to any benefits and if so, how do I go about securing those benefits?
    Thank you.