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You Scored 16-24 on our
online Stress Self-Assessment Questionnaire
level is presently at a mid-line intensity. In a recent
study of dementia caregivers in Italy, it was estimated
that three-quarters of a caregiver's day is devoted to
patient care. As patients get worse, more pressure is
put on the caregiver. At the end stages of the disease,
the caregiver may have as little as two hours per week
of free time. So it should not be surprising that
caregivers also have a relatively low quality of life.
members of people with severe and chronic mental
illnesses are similarly stressed. As in the case of
dementia victims, a spouse may be the only one available
to compensate for a loved one's limitations, provide
emotional support, or cope with unmanageable behavior.
Psychiatric illnesses also carry an extra burden of
shame and stigma. Now is the time for the helper to ask
for more help. Start with your family, friends,
neighbors or members of your faith community.
reach out to the care professionals in your community.
Are you making sure you spend (at minimum) at least
twenty minutes every day doing something that makes you
feel good? Reading a book, listening to your favorite
music, spending time with someone you enjoy, taking a
nap, spending time in the garden. Hiring an in-home
caregiver to help with meals, light housework, and doing
restful activities with your loved one while you get a
break for a few hours a week can lead you to a more
successful and meaningful care giving experience long
term. Enrolling your loved one in Adult Day Care can
also give you and them some much needed quality time.
Whisperers offer many readily accessible options and
solutions to the common challenges you may be facing on
a daily basis.
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FREE personalized stress management and resource plan.
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