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Caregivers Sacrificing Their Own Well-being & Selfcare

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, September 1st, 2016

Millions of family and friends who are caregivers may be sacrificing their own well-being and selfcare, a new study suggests.

caregivers selfcareCaregivers who provided “substantial help” were almost twice as likely to experience physical, financial and emotional difficulties. Such caregivers, if employed, were three times more likely to be less productive on the job due to caregiving-related distractions and fatigue.

Because family-member caregivers do so with relatively little support, we’ve created multigenerational health problems. Two national surveys estimated that 14.7 million unpaid caregivers in the United States — mostly family members — assist 7.7 million older adults and of those nearly half have dementia, and more than a third have a severe disability.

Often caregivers do not “self identify.” They see themselves as daughters, sons, spouses and friends, not caregivers. Because of this and feeling uncomfortable or too overwhelmed, they do not take advantage of support groups and services.

Health care reforms aimed at rewarding providers for the value of care they provide have largely ignored the role that family caregivers play. We need to care for our caregivers. SelfCare for HealthCare gives caregivers and nurses the tools they need to care for the bodies, minds and spirits, resulting in improved patient care. Contact me today to discuss your current programs and how we can easily implement this culture-shifting program.

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