Support for Caregivers Can Reduce Psychological Distress

Tim Watt  |  August 6, 2011

Millions of Americans have been there before. Mom is living on her own, but you're not sure if she's safe or not. You spend all night worrying about her and end up having a bad day at work afterwards. In fact, the only real comfort seems to be checking up on her yourself.

A new study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that one effective strategy to reduce psychological distress is to find some network for direct support, be it a friend or family member, according to Healthday News.

Researchers discovered that "interventions that directly supported" the caregiver were best, resulting in improved quality of life and coping skills. This emphasizes the need for families to come together to share the responsibilities of caregiving whenever possible.

Sometimes, seniors suffer from chronic health conditions that require near round-the-clock care. In these cases, caregivers may want to consider looking into assisted living facilities, where a loved one can live in comfort and safety while having all of their needs tended to by healthcare professionals.

For a short-term stay, consider looking into respite stays, which can offer an assisted living space for an older adult for a temporary amount of time.

The National Family Caregivers Association estimates that there are more than 65 million Americans in the United States who are tending to the needs of a family member or friend who needs assistance.  

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