Benefits Of Caregiving And Respite Care

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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, …show more content…
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 run errands or go to work, or for longer term breaks such as vacations. Respite care can be provided at home or in a facility such as an adult day center that is equipped with formal caregivers to take care of the resident during the day (Alzheimer’s Association, 2016). It would seem that the option for respite care would be an excellent option for reducing stress and allowing the caregiver to succeed in providing care and managing the rest of his or her life. Despite the positive opportunities involved in utilizing respite care it is highly underused. Some people fear that they might be leaving their loved one with a person who cannot be trusted. Other people worry about the price, but if money is too tight, the Alzheimer’s Association provides information on getting financial aide. Some people feel guilty about leaving to refresh while their loved one is left with a stranger. (“Respite Care,” 2016). People who have been caregivers …show more content…
A study evaluating the options for various forms of support and stress relief available and their usage was conducted. It found that part of the reason informal caregivers do not utilize interventions often has to do with the fact that caregivers are unaware of the programs available to help them (Lethin et al., 2016). On an international scale, countries that have specific policies in place regarding dementia care have more opportunities for support from higher-level professionals in the field specific to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia care. In addition, the level of friendliness and accessibility of support systems impacts how well utilized they are (Lethin et al., 2016). It has also been found that for better outcomes in the use of interventions, these programs must be more personalized to the life of the caregiver and the stage to which their resident’s disease has progressed (Zwaanswijk et al., 2013). Case managers also offer a positive way to increase caregiver’s confidence in the support services offered (Lethin et al., 2016). These people can help relieve some of the stress by taking on the role of finding highly successful people to help with the types of care and services needed by the informal caregiver. There is a wide array of support options available for people taking care of residents in the early and middle stages of dementia, but there seems to be a

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