Common Caregiving Problems

  • Caring handsMental health concerns 
       - Depression
       - Anxiety
       - Subclinical stress
            High rates of negative affect including guilt, sadness, dread, worry.
            Ambivalence about care
       - Witnessing the suffering of relatives
  • Health concerns 
       - Fatigue
       - Sleep problems
       - Risk of illness, injury, mortality
  • Functional impairment
  • Secondary strains 
       - Work – employment
       - Financial strains
       - Relationship stress
       - Loss of time for self-care
       - Reduced quality of life
  • Care decisions 
       - “When is it time” for various services?
       - Residential placement
       - End of life care planning
  • Resources and eligibility for services 
       - Housing
       - Healthcare
       - Community services
       - Respite
  • Family challenges 
       - Conflict about care
       - Lack of support for caregiver
       - Balancing needs of healthy and sick family members
       - Behavioral issues
       - Interpersonal conflicts
  • Advocacy for care 
       - Lack of cooperation by care recipient
       - Interface with service systems
       - Coordinating systems