5.5 Needs of Family Caregivers

Many families experience a situation of disease during their life cycle and are faced with transitioning into a new role: being the caregiver. For a dementia patient, this can be highly challenging.
Due to the ongoing duty and strain, family carers must be conscious of their health and well-being. Therefore, they require downtime to regulate their stress and pursue their interests. However, taking a break from caregiving can be quite tricky.
Many family carers feel unprepared and urgently require information regarding the progression of dementia disease and illness. They must be aware of what to anticipate both now and in the future; gaining knowledge and receiving information is a top priority for family carers. The aim is to increase their knowledge and build coping mechanisms, caregiving abilities, and techniques that balance their needs and those of the person they are caring for.
Additionally, they require access to flexible, timely, and customized formal treatment and social, psychological, and emotional support. Caregiving support programs, which may include psychotherapy and counseling, are a great option. These offer emotional support to ease the burden of caregiving on family caregivers and others raising dementia patients. Moreover, caregiving support programs may also help them build and strengthen their social and personal adjustment skills. Your therapist will help you process your feelings and strengthen your caring skills.

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