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Mitigating Burden Associated With Informal Caregiving

Informal caregiving is the most common form of long-term care provided in the United States, and with the projected rapid growth of older adults, informal caregiving will be even more critical in the foreseeable future. In the United States, slightly more than 20% of informal caregivers provide care for more than one care recipient, and 10% provide care for three or more care recipients. Caring for a dependent, older adult patient may have negative effects on physical, psychological, psychosocial, social and financial health of caregivers. Careful assessment of the impact of informal caregiving on the caregiver's functioning is imperative, and will enable a practitioner to not only find ways to help caregivers shoulder the effects of caregiving, but also to measure the effectiveness of interventions that seek to mitigate the effects of caregiving.

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Sage
ISBN/ISSN
2374-3735
Publication Year
2018
Issue Number
1
Journal Titles
Journal Of Patient Experience
Volume Number
5
Start Page
50
End Page
55