Dementia Patients’ Caregivers Need More Support, British Study Finds

Dementia Patients’ Caregivers Need More Support, British Study Finds
Those caring for people with dementia often feel they don’t have a support system that can help them cope with their burden, a British study reports. The lack of support leads to stress, isolation and feelings of guilt, researchers said. One thing that could help, the University of Lincoln team suggested, was including caregivers in evaluation of patients’ symptoms and behaviors. Not only would this give healthcare professionals better insight, but it could alleviate some of the negative emotions that caregivers feel about their task, the researchers said. The study appeared in the journal Dementia. Its title is “Caregivers’ interactions with health care services – Mediator of stress or added strain? Experiences and perceptions of informal caregivers of people with dementia – A qualitative study.” "The care being given by informal carers frequently goes beyond simply caring for a patient's health and becomes a crisis management role which can exacerbate feelings of stress and burden,” Despina Laparidou, the lead study author, said in a press release. "Our research has also shown that caregivers have an important role to play in the monitoring of patient behavior and behavioral triggers," said Terence Karran, the study's co-author. "It was felt that keeping a daily diary of symptoms and behavior could help to empower caregivers as well as improve communications with healthcare professionals." Many caregivers have no training on dementia or support net
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