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What's a respite caregiving?

What's a respite caregiving?

It's a break...: Usually respite is a break for a family member (s) or caregiver providing hands on care or supervisory care. This may include someone to give the family/caregiver a break for a certain period of time of having the person stay in a nursing home for a period of time. Either way this provides a break since caregiving can be very challenging. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of ...Read more


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What is long distance caregiving?

What is long distance caregiving?

See below: Loved one prefers to stay on current location instead of moving to another location because of fear of losing independence while the primary caregiver live in a long distance that is unable to provide for loved one due to career, health issues or spending more time with families. Geriatric case manager or family counselor is the one to coordinate care for both loved one and primary caregiver. ...Read more

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How can I find caregiver support?

How can I find caregiver support?

Caregiver exhaustion: Your local newspaper or hospital should be able to provide you with local caregiver support groups list and meetings calendar. ...Read more

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What does caregiver syndrome mean?

What does caregiver syndrome mean?

Caregiver Breakdown: Usually occurs when a caregiver (cg), usually family, provide hands on care for a prolonged period of time. The cg is usually the only person caring for the family member/client and may have little or no breaks during this time. The client usually requires significant hands on care. The cg can become resentful, which can lead to guilt and other emotions. Worse case scenario abuse may occur. ...Read more

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How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

Absolutely: A recent conchrane reveiw on prayer andsurgery failed to conclude that prayer can improve medical outcomes, however, there is evidence that it can affect you as a care giver and the relationship you have with patients. Read the article in the american journal of surgery march 2011 on this topic (there is a link on my profile). ...Read more

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How do caregivers obtain legal rights?

How do caregivers obtain legal rights?

Paperwork: Caregivers sometimes have various legal rights depending on what is needed and the wishes of the person for whom they are caring. Among these are healthcare proxy, which allows the caregiver to make decisions related to the person's medical care if they are unable to do so. Papers must be drawn up, signed, witnessed, attested-to, etc for these legal rights to be granted. ...Read more

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Why would feel guilty as a caregiver?

Why would feel guilty as a caregiver?

Common: Guilt is a common emotion experienced by caregivers. It can include feelings that one could have done more, should have known better, would have done differently in retrospect etc. You must take care of yourself as well. Look for support information here: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/caregivers. Html. ...Read more

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How is long distance caregiving possible?

How is long distance caregiving possible?

Check out AARP page: The aarp has useful information regarding long distance caregiving. http://www. Aarp. Org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-09-2010/pc_obstacles_to_long_distance_caregiving. Html. ...Read more

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How should I view my role as a caregiver?

How should I view my role as a caregiver?

Read internet: Explore the internet. One example could be http://www. Caregivershome. Com/ we have commitments in life with family members, spouses, countrymen. We make them unselfishly when we are healthy and young. We have to stick to our commitments otherwise nobody will help us when we won't be able to take care of ourselves. ...Read more

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What could stop me from being a caregiver?

What could stop me from being a caregiver?

Caregiver stress: Stress can be a serious matter in a caregiver. If you experience some of these signs, you should call your doctor soon.
.•anger
•social withdrawal
anxiety
depression
•exhaustion
•sleeplessness
•irritability
•lack of concentration
ignoring them can cause you physical and mental health problems. However with adequate support and education you can cope succesfully with them. ...Read more

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How would hire a good in-home caregiver?

References: Get references from someone who is bonded and givesw a good personal reference, and may be from an agency that vouches. ...Read more

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When do I know I need help with caregiving?

Overwhelmed: If experiencing feelings of anger or resentment towards the one needing care, feeling overwhelmed, having heightened anxiety or depressed mood, lacking enjoyment in activities, feeling burdened or put-upon, or having less than half a day a week away from caregiving, then caregiver burnout is to be suspected. There are always options (eg ask friends/family for help).Family doc may have suggestions. ...Read more

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How can I 'recharge' when I am a caregiver?

Care for yourself: Being a caregiver can cause stress and be both mentally and physically draining. To be an effective caregiver, you must remember to first take care of yourself. Take a break from caregiving; seek pleasurable activities, exercise, find new hobbies, do something you've always wanted to do but didn't have the time, etc. You provide the best care when you are at your best. ...Read more

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How can caregivers take care of themselves?

Get some rest: Caregivers can best care for themselves by taking a break & getting some rest periodically. Caregivers also need to know their own limits and ask for help when appropriate. If family member is serving as caregiver, often times it's better to hire non-family member to serve as caregiver, thus allowing family member to act as family member, not caregiver. Hope that makes sense. ...Read more

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What can I do to honor my wife's caregiver?

What can I do to honor my wife's caregiver?

I would reccomend: Giving her a cash bonus and an appreciative hand written letter. Good luck. Dr. B. ...Read more

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What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

Support system: This really speaks to why having a support system in place is important when providing care for someone. Being a sole caregiver sometimes leads to taking less care of yourself, and then increases your chance of getting sick. Plan ahead by having a support system in place. If you're already sick look for other resources-ask your church, doctor's office, community agency for help. ...Read more

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How could family caregiving hurt my husband?

How could family caregiving hurt my husband?

If not trained: Care in a healthy family environment is most of the time desirable. The problem arises when the medical issues get complicated and the family does not know how to help or they do not have the skills or time to help the patient. ...Read more

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What makes caregivers successful and healthy?

Self care: Successful care givers understand their limits and get the help they need. Nearly 50% of care givers are depressed and develop other health problems related to their caregiving. Leaving time for yourself, eating healthy, exercise, sleep and healthy stress coping techniques are all important. ...Read more

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How can my spirituality help me in caregiving?

How can my spirituality help me in caregiving?

Peace amidst pain: Caregiving brings many intense situations and feelings; it can also be exhausting. A suffering person can be difficult to care for. Also, the care you're giving may not seem to be making a difference in his/her clinical course. Attending to your spirituality can keep you connected with peace -- even in the midst of distress, pain, and not understanding "why" things are happening as they are. ...Read more

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What does the role of a caregiver/wife entail?

What does the role of a caregiver/wife entail?

Caregiver/wife: This is a huge subject. Visit your library and you will find many books on this subject. ...Read more

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How must I ask for help if I am the caregiver?

Often difficult: Just remember you are not alone. There are many support groups avaible to help you if you cannot ask family for help. Your doctor (or the patients) may also be a resource to direct you. Get the help you need as cargiver burn out is common and very serious for you and the one you are taking care of. ...Read more

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How must I take care of myself as a caregiver?

How must I take care of myself as a caregiver?

A lot!: Being a caregiver is a lot of work, and self-care is very important. Try to arrange your work so that you get enough rest, have some time off, and get support just for yourself. It's often hard to take time for yourself but think of it as investment in the long haul! ...Read more

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What symptoms usually go along with caregiving?

Need more info.: Please clarify whether you mean symptoms of a patient who needs a caregiver or symptoms of stress in a caregiver. ...Read more

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How could family caregiving benefit my husband?

Multiple Ways: The addition of family assistance in the care of any loved one can add benefits. Many dementia patients for example are more comfortable with people they are familiar with. Sometimes a family member can step in and give you a much needed break even if that is only for uninterrupted sleep or to shop or the like. The love and support of families cannot be underestimated. ...Read more

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What caregiving services can I find in my town?

What caregiving services can I find in my town?

Resources: The national association of professional geriatric care managers http://www. Caremanager. Org/ may be able to help you find services in your town. This is an organization of people whose work it is to gather such services and help families get what's needed for their loved ones. You can enter your geographic area & find a care manager, who can help assess the situation & work with you on this. ...Read more

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How should I transition from wife to caregiver?

Get support: Depending on what will be expected of you, you should try to find a support group and call on people you trust to help you. Remember you don't always need a break from being a wife but you always need to take breaks when you are care giving. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kinds of help do family caregivers provide?

What kinds of help do family caregivers provide?

It depends: Hired caregivers are usually hired to help with activities of daily living, like bathing, toileting, dressing, cooking and cleaning. Some are live-in caregivers, others for certain hours in a day. They are not medical personal such as nurses. Nurses such as rn's and lvn's can be hired but usually at a substantially higher cost. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of long distance caregiving?

Caring matters.: You can call and check on the sick family member, coordinate and arrange care and care providers within his/her community. Emotional and moral support is critical. Caring is what sustains their spirit. ...Read more

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What kind of support do caregivers need in return?

Caregivers: Respect, availability at times of need, and help with activities of daily living if aging. ...Read more

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How will my emotions affect my care as a caregiver?

Positively, hopefully: Your emotions as a caregiver can help or get in the way. They are your own and should not burden those you give care to. If feelings are stirred by those you are caring for don't let those feelings get in the way of giving the best possible care you can give. Negative emotions are yours to solve outside that relationship. Positive emotions are shown by the care you give. Words are not needed. ...Read more

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