are very special people who have been called upon to set aside
their lives for the care of someone else. Caregivers have very
Caregivers in balancing their roles as coach, delegate and
provider; in managing both their own emotional conflicts as
well as intra-family conflicts; and in developing or maintaining
a positive partnership relationship with the care recipient.
Caregivers in developing coping mechanisms and locating support
Caregivers in recognizing the stages (both current and future)
of the care recipient's illness or condition, and encourage
planning that includes recognizable decision making benchmarks
and financial realities.
services and equipment that will be needed at home before
the care recipient leaves the hospital; including homemakers,
companions, live-ins, shoppers, drivers, etc.
"handicap living" requirements within the residence (e.g.,
wider doorways, showers, etc.) Coordinate with contractors
and oversee projects.
Caregivers in making nursing home decisions; locating an appropriate
facility, applying for appropriate medical and financial assistance,
and coordinating the move.
with Caregivers and family as to phases of disease, particularly
Alzheimer's and Parkinsons, and the affects of these diseases
on the Caregivers and the family.
as a surrogate decision maker when needed.