Caregiving (looking after the emotional and physical needs of a child, ill, elderly, or disabled person) is revered by our society as a noble and honorable activity. Yet, one of the biggest hurdles for caregivers is the feeling of being isolated and alone (even when they may be providing day-to-day care of a child, adult or senior). The weight of providing care is tremendous. Nursing & Health Sciences Librarian, Professor Debra Smith, examines how the lenses through which we view the world (cultural, societal, familial, life experience) influence care giving circumstances (both helpful and harmful). She’ll answer questions while sharing helpful resources and tips for self-care and providing care to others.
A family (or informal) caregiver is any relative, partner, friend or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for, an older person or an adult with a chronic or disabling condition. These individuals may be primary or secondary caregivers and live with, or separately from, the person receiving care.
|EMOTIONAL TASKS*||PHYSICAL TASKS|
|Defining commitments||ADL & IADL help**|
|Finding emotional support and hands-on help||Administer & manage prescriptions|
|Understanding sacrifice||Treatment compliance|
|Accepting reality||Manage behavioral symptoms|
|Fostering awareness and flexibility--accept change||Access, negotiate & monitor support services|
|Protecting intimacy (strengthening bonds)||Liaison with health care system, families, etc.|
|Sustaining the spirit in difficult times|
*Jacobs. (2006). The emotional survival guide for caregivers : looking after yourself and your family while helping an aging parent. Guilford Press. [available in both print and ebook format via the COD Library]
**Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are necessary for basic functional living. Examples are eating, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, walking, taking a bath or shower, and using the toilet.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) are those activities that allow an individual to live independently in a community. Although not necessary for functional living, the ability to perform IADLs can significantly improve the quality of life. Examples include cooking, cleaning, transportation, laundry, and managing finances.
definitions from: Guo HJ, Sapra A. Instrumental Activity of Daily Living. [Updated 2021 Nov 21]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK553126/
Infographic from Home Care Delivered, https://www.hcd.com/need-medical-supplies/hcd-supports-family-caregivers/
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