Weekly Digest: New Steps to Fight Caregiver Stress
Caregivers – unsung heroes who sacrifice a lot to look after loved ones. These individuals give up careers, financial opportunities, and personal time just to administer the proper care and assistance that any given person deserves. Which is why, for this week’s roundup, we are highlighting new strategies and policies on how to help caregivers cope up with their calling. Let’s discover how care for caregivers is implemented today:
Embracing The Role Of Family Caregivers In The U.S. Health System
In a post for the Health Affairs Blog, Everette James and Meredith Hughes discuss the different ways that the U.S. health system plans to help out caregivers. Citing a proposed “patient-centered care” policy, the writers bring up the issue of focusing on caregiver help as well. By putting the spotlight on caregiver issues (stress/financial hardships, flexible employment benefits, LTCI essentials, etc.), patients can be taken care of in an efficient and practical manner.
Raising a national strategy to support America’s family caregivers
Jo Ann Jenkins and Elizabeth Dole, in a The Hill blog post, wrote about why a national strategy to assist caregivers is needed. Using the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) family caregivers act as an example, the writers want to set a standard on how caregivers should have access to resources, should ever they would need it.
Mesothelioma Caregivers Should Be Aware of Burnout
Caregivers who assist patients with Mesothelioma, beware! According to Lisa Hyde-Barrett in a Mesothelioma Help post, cases of high stress is prevalent among caregivers, and it is highly advised to take the necessary steps to combat burnout. Some suggested ways to face stress are spending time with family, enjoying hobbies, and taking time off from caregiving responsibilities.
Cancer Caregivers Report More Stress Than For Non-Cancer Conditions
Medical Research recently conducted an interview with Erin Kent, a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute. Kent released a study on caregiver stress, which revealed that caregivers who assist cancer patients are more likely to encounter high levels of stress. The study hopes to lead to more research on how caregivers should cope with the burdens attached to their jobs.
What Corporate America Can Teach Healthcare About Staff Satisfaction
Nursing homes, care facilities, and family caregivers can learn from corporate industries on how to cope with stress. According to Vincent Della Donna’s post for Healthcare Design Magazine, integrating corporate strategies into healthcare can be a beneficial (and lifesaving) move. Even how a care facility or a home is designed may result in positive results, for caregivers and patients alike.