TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED HEALTHCARE PROFESIONALS
REFERRING FAMILY CAREGIVERS TO MYHEALIOS
When you recognize these situations in which the caregiver needs support, and you're wondering how to best help the client/caregiver or even the patient, we suggest you discuss our caregiver support service with the caregiver.
You may recognize the following situations or variations thereof:
As a physician you can - with the caregiver's consent – refer the caregiver to us or you can suggest that the caregiver contact MyHealios directly.
Why training and support for caregivers?
Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding but at times it can also be very stressful, regardless if the caregiver is new to, or used to, caregiving. Taking care of a loved one often has an impact on family dynamics, comes in addition to the normal workload, may add financial pressure, etc.. Caregiving is especially stressful in cases of long term chronic diseases. Without help and support, the pressure may become too much and put the caregiver's health at risk. It is not surprising that caregivers have a high risk of showing symptoms of low mood, anxiety and may even develop burn out. They often give more attention to the patient than to themselves. In an effort to provide the best possible care for their loved one, caregivers often sacrifice their own physical and emotional needs.
Because of the constant care and worry, the emotional and physical experiences involved with providing care can get to be very overwhelming. It can put them on the sliding slope with feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, isolation, insomnia and exhaustion.
There is a lot of literature to show that support and training have a positive effect on the support that caregivers can provide to the patient. However, access to support or training services is very limited, with options varying from free local support groups to costly sessions with a therapist.