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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'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?

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