Research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives. See Family Caregiver Alliance national Center on Caregiving for details. Due to medical advances, shorter hospital stays, limited discharge planning and options, caregivers are now shouldering the cost and burden of caring for a disabled or elderly relatives for longer periods of time. Caregivers are also more likely to lack health insurance due to being out of the workforce for extended periods of time which results in higher healthcare costs and avoidance of needed care for the caregiver and therefore a declined quality of life for the caregiver. Spousal caregivers who experience caregiving-related stress have a 63% higher mortality rate than noncaregivers of the same age according to The Caregiver Health Effects Study by Journal of American Medical Association article in 1999. Please do not try to care for a loved one alone. We can help caregivers get help.
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