Benefits Of A Social Support For Family And Friends And Attending Support Groups

1917 Words Dec 9th, 2016 8 Pages
t has been discovered that caregivers who are receiving social support are better off psychologically than those who are more isolated. This is why taking time off from caregiving to spend with family and friends and attending support groups can be very beneficial (Brodaty & Donkin, 2009). Some other ways to ease stress include accepting the changes that the resident experiences and taking care of oneself. Having legal plans in place from the start is also a big relief to stress down the line. If legal plans are made close to the time of diagnosis and within the first stage of the disease, the resident can have more input on the decisions. By the time the information is needed, and when the resident is no longer able to dictate his or her desires, the work will have already been completed (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015). Stress can be managed, but sometimes a break from the caretaking responsibilities is required for such management. Perhaps one of the most underused but highly beneficial resources is respite care. Respite care allows the caregiver to take a short break from their duties of care. While the main caregiver is away, someone is brought in to take care of the Alzheimer’s resident. This is to provide enough peace of mind that the resident is safe while the caregiver is able to rest for a short time and come back to caregiving refreshed. Respite care can be used in order to give the caregiver a chance to catch up with friends or family, so that the caregiver can…

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