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Becoming A Caregiver Advocate

Posted on: June 21, 2018

Contributor(s): Cullen Quigley 

 

One of the most rewarding and selfless gifts a person can give is by becoming a caregiver to a relative, spouse, neighbor, or friend. In countries with large aging populations and family-orientated culture, caregivers are quite common among families. Caregivers support a diverse population of every age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and economic status.

 

In the United States, “approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months” according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP as of 2015. We’re recognizing the sacrifices and efforts put forth by caregivers across the country.

 

There is an important distinction between an informal caregiver and a formal caregiver; financial compensation is a large asset to this industry. While informal caregivers are unpaid for their assistance, formal caregivers are hired professionals usually serving in-home assistance that a spouse, friend, relative, or neighbor could not sustainably supply.

 

Caregivers must overcome obstacles with a whopping 39.8 million caregivers having to assist adults with disability or illness. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are also very prevalent in 15.7 million cases according to 2015 statistics.

 

However, caregivers are not alone and have a boasting community. Below are 10 tips for caregivers supplied by the Caregiver Action Network of Canada:

 

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one or patient.
  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. Caregiving is hard work so take breaks often.
  6. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay professional help when needed.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you in the caring process.
  8. Organize medical information so that it’s up to date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure your legal caregiving documents are in order.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in your current circumstances.

 

*Verbiage taken from: http://caregiveraction.org/resources/10-tips-family-caregivers

 

Primary Health Solutions continues to strive in providing patient-centered services through our medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services.

 

Further Caregiving Resources: https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-statistics-demographics