Why should Caregivers seek help?
- Many caregivers are overwhelmed and stressed to the hilt
- Studies have shown that 50% of caregivers are depressed
- Caregivers that experience high levels of stress are more susceptible to disease and hospitalization further complicating their living situation
Research shows that the Skills2Care Program:
- Improves the well being and skills of families caring for patients with dementia
- Slows decline in the dementia patient’s daily function and reduces the frequency of challenging behaviors
- Lessens caregiver stress levels
- Assessments illuminating the daily problems caregivers face
- Education on the dementia disease process and specific consultation detailing the patients level of cognitive function
- Customized training to manage dementia related behaviors unique to the caregivers situation
- Coping strategies to reduce stress
Among the more than 5 million dementia patients in the United States, most live at home, cared for by family members.
Functional decline, a core disease feature, represents a risk factor for poor quality of life, high health care costs, institutionalization, and mortality.
With disease progression, families increasingly provide hands-on physical assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental ADLs (IADLs). This often results in heightened caregiver distress, a risk factor for patient nursing home placement.