November 8, 2010 - MMH Spotlight: Caregiver Education and Support
Caregiving can be a tough and emotionally draining task. Usually, caregivers are stuck in a home with their friend or loved one, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This can create a sense of isolation and depression. Aside from family, there are very few people who can give caregivers the emotional support they need to continue to do their jobs. This is where caregiver education and support can help, like the caregiver support group that is offered at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Provided below is information on caregiving, resources and more.
MMH Spotlight: Caregiver Education and Support
• Caregiving is providing daily assistance to another individual who is ill, disabled or needs help with daily activities.
• Nearly 72 percent of family caregivers report not going to the physician as often as they should and 55 percent say they skip physician appointments for themselves because of their overwhelming responsibilities as a caregiver.
• Approximately 40 to 70 percent of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with about half of these caregivers meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depression.
• Marietta Memorial Hospital provides caregivers with education and resources by offering a monthly support group.
What is a Caregiver?
Caregiving is providing assistance to an individual who is ill, disabled or needs help with daily activities. Caregivers provide support for an individual’s physical, mental, social and psychological needs. More than 22.4 million people are informal caregivers who provide unpaid support to older people who live in their community. Caregivers include spouses, children, relatives and friends.
• Caregiving can be a tough and emotionally draining task.
• According to the American Medical Association, people caring for elderly spouses are more likely to die early because of the physical and emotional strain placed upon them.
• 72 percent of family caregivers report not going to the physician as often as they should and 55 percent say they skip physician appointments for themselves because of their overwhelming responsibilities as a caregiver.
• Family caregivers who experience extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This continued level of stress could take as much as 10 years off of their life.
• Approximately 40 to 70 percent of family caregivers have significant symptoms of depression with about half of these caregivers meeting the diagnostic criteria for depression.
Marietta Memorial Hospital Caregiver Support Group
Last Wednesday of every month, 2-3 p.m.
Marietta Memorial Hospital
First Floor Conference Room
Open to the public
For more information contact Jennifer Steed at (740) 374-4996
Please note: There will be no caregiver support group meetings in November or December due to the holidays.
The caregiver support group often has guest speakers that speak about topics requested by the caregivers. The group consists of caregivers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists and other professionals that can provide valuable advice and support.
The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for the health needs of our communities in the future.