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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Overview)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of basic functions of living.


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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
131 doctors shared insights

Caregiving (Overview)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of basic functions of living.


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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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Caregiving for a Spouse or Friend (Checklist)

Keep important information in a dedicated notebook
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Keep info like SS#, Medicare ID, insurance cards and doctor info handy
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Keep a list of allergies, medications, and medical conditions.
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Know advanced directives and healthcare proxy numbers
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How do men caregive for their wives?

How do men caregive for their wives?

Get help: If you as a male do not have to go to work... Try your best. Go to the dr. With her or ontact her dr. Ofice and ask what type of help ( services) the health insurance allows for her condition. Involve all the family in her care. Explore other help with a local social worker. Depending upon how sick she is consider aclf or institutionalization ( rehab center or nursing home) as the last option. ...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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When do I know I need help with caregiving?

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 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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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 symptoms usually go along with caregiving?

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?

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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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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How can I handle caregiving for multiple family members?

Support system: Sounds like it could be a challenging task. Suggest you take steps to develop a support network to help you help others. It's also important you don't neglect yourself in the process so include time to do the things you need to take care of yourself. Look into home health/home companions. Check 4 local resources through religious orgs, public sector. Doctor's office may point u in right direction. ...Read more

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Who should I go to first when I need help in caregiving?

Family/friends: Seek the support of your family and friends and see if anyone can provide assistance. You can also contact the physician involved in the care, to see if there are other services that may offer help, like respite services and home health agencies for companion support. There are also private organizations that are able to provide assistance. ...Read more

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How is family caregiving different than solo caregiving?

Division of labor: Tha family as a group helps their loved one with different activities and this helps reduce the care burden for one individual. Each member has their tasks but it is important to have a routine and not deviate from it too much. ...Read more

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How do I caregive for two people that are "co-dependent"?

Setting up boundary: Setting up healthy boundary is the best way to handle co-dependancy. ...Read more

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I need help I can't cope with multigeneration caregiving?

I need help I can't cope with multigeneration caregiving?

Tough problem: Ask your community resource/insurance to see if there is respite care for the elderly; ask you family to help or you may need to hire help. Not caring for yourself will affect how you care for others. You need a break as well. ...Read more

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What are some important elements of caregiving from cnas?

Response time: Quite often i notice that call-lights keep flashing for a long time at nursing homes. Cnas should attend to calls quickly. ...Read more

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How can I seek support from others in caregiving for my wife?

How can I seek support from others in caregiving for my wife?

Several groups: There are groups both online and possibly in your community offering support for caregivers. This is a tremendously important, but often extremely stressful, role to have for a spouse or other family member. Check out: national family caregivers association -- http://www.Thefamilycaregiver.Org -- also aarp has useful info: http://tinyurl.Com/9k58nc8. ...Read more

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