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CAREGIVING IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH


CAREGIVING IS A PUBIC HEALTH PRIORITY

The Impact Of Caregiving On Caregivers Themselves                                 Is Physical, Emotional and Financial

Informal caregivers are prone to exhaustion, physical and emotional burn out, depression and a variety of other illness.

There are two primary reasons for caregiver burnout:

  1. 1.Because of the constant stress involved with juggling all of the worries, planing, scheduling and responsibilities related to work, family and caregiving;

  2. 2.Because caregivers tend to ignore or sacrifice their own needs while they focus on caring for their loved one.

Millions Of Spouses And Families Face Critical Decisions             About Providing Care For Loved Ones Every Day.

The facts below can’t be ignored - especially as the number of family caregivers continues to increase at a rapid rate.

  1. Family caregiving has been associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety in the caregivers.

  2. It is also associated with the increased use of anit-depressants and other medications; poorer self-reported physical health; compromised immune function; and increased mortality rates.

  3.  More than 53% of caregivers report that the decline in their own health compromises their ability to provide proper care for the person they are caring for. 
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Informal Caregiving, (Caregiving provided by family members) takes a tremendous toll on the caregivers’ health and well-being.  This, in turn, affects families, employers and our society in general.

8 Things You Should Do To Prepare

For Caring For A Loved One


  1. 1.  Evaluate both the short-term and long-term needs of the family member who needs care.


  1. 2.  Honestly compare the amount of time amount of time you have to devote to caregiving against the time required to provide the care and assistance needed by your loved one.


  1. 3.  Determine if you have the health, skills, attitude and resources needed to carry through the responsibilities you are taking on.


  1. 4.  Identify your key personal strengths and consider how you can use them to provide needed assistance for your loved one.


  1. 5.   Know what your financial limits are and don’t overextend yourself.


  1. 6.  Find public and private sources of support and assistance to augment the help you can provide.


  1. 7. Conduct a financial audit to determine what resources the family member has.


  1. 8.  Establish a support network for yourself, your family and the person needing care.  It is essential to do this - not only as a respite option for you, but also as a source of understanding and encouragement, a sounding board and back-up in case something happens to you. 
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