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Suppporting family caregivers: The hospital nurse's assessment of family caregiver needs: a smooth transition for the patient is the ultimate goal

This article is part one of a three-part series designed to help nurses help caregivers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Carer burden in schizophrenia: considerations for nursing practice

In the UK, half a million people care for people with severe mental illnesses (Princess Royal Trust for Carers 2002). This article reviews the findings of a study of the views of 13 carers of people self-identified as having schizophrenia on the nature and extent of their role, and its effect on their lives and identities. According to these findings, carers experience stress and illness, and think that the support they receive from professionals is inadequate. As a result, they think that help and psychotherapeutic interventions, such as family therapy, should be more accessible. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Stressors and life goals of caregivers of individuals with disabilities

Caregivers of individuals with disabilities can experience stress as they manage care giving responsibilities while they attempt to balance family, work, and the satisfaction of their personal goals. In this pilot study, 31 caregivers of individuals with a variety of disabilities completed a quantitative-qualitative survey.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Mental health teams should assess support needs of carers of people with schizophrenia, say NICE

NHS teams should also make carers aware of statutory right to social services assessment and explain process. [Journal abstract]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Confidence boost for carers

The Caring with Confidence scheme, launched in April 2009, is described. The scheme had been designed to improve support for carers in England over 18 by equipping them with skills to help them in their role. The scheme operates group sessions and online interactive sessions on subjects such as the emotions involved in caring for someone and how to develop coping strategies.

The author examines how a government-backed scheme is helping to give carers the skills to sustain them in their roles.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

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