As we navigate the aging process, we experience changes in both the physical and psychological arenas of our life. While many may embrace these changes as the culmination of a period of transformation, others may encounter difficulty coming to terms with a loss of independence and, consequently, a reliance on loved ones for continued support. While research has historically been geared towards ensuring the aging population can age with dignity regardless of functional ability, recent efforts have emphasized approaches to support caregivers on the frontline, who provide direct service to dependent adults. This curriculum serves significant importance as ensuring that caregivers receive sufficient support can directly affect the quality of care the aging adult receives, and can work to prevent burnout, unnecessary hospitalizations, and potentially reduce premature institutionalization.
This project proposes the Caregiver Burden Relief Intervention, which aims to provide education to caregivers and professionals specializing in adulthood and aging on caregiver burden (CB). Caregiver Burden, if unidentified, may produce significant reports of physical and psychological distress, including the heightened prevalence of depression and anxiety. The curriculum provides a unique approach to this problem by utilizing a holistic approach in which participants are provided with psychoeducation on factors related to burden and coping, while simultaneously being provided with an education on long-term care (LTC) support services available to them. Program completion culminates in the collaborative effort between the facilitator, caregiver, and care recipient in developing a LTC plan.
|Commitee:||Ranney, Molly, Santhiveeran, Janaki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Health care management, Aging|
|Keywords:||Burden, Caregiver, Caretaker, Dementia, Long term care, LTC|
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