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Applying the Evidence to Help Caregivers Torn in Two is organized by Wolters Kluwer.'
Published: Jun 2015
• ANCC - 2.0 CH
• DC - BON 2.0 CH
• FL - BON 2.0 CH
Purpose of Activity:
To provide information to ease the burden for family caregivers.
During the holidays and into the new year, Jen was tired. But because she was busy with work, school, and childcare, she didn't worry too much about her fatigue-until she noticed some rectal bleeding.
A medical workup followed. The diagnosis was Stage III colorectal cancer. Jen was 27 years old. Because colorectal cancer is exceedingly rare at this young age, her prognosis was uncertain. As Jen's mother, Sandy wanted to help. She stayed close to Jen during the next 9 months of intense treatment. Initial surgery included a total colectomy; a prophylactic hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy were also performed to eliminate sites for possible metastases in the future. A diverting ileostomy was created. Radiation and chemotherapy completed the initial medical plan.
Throughout the treatments, Sandy helped Jen by attending appointments with her, caring for Benjamin, cleaning the house, and doing laundry and yard work. She simply said, "This is about Jen, her husband, and her son. I wanted to be there for them."
Sandy's trips to California were severely curtailed during Jen's treatment. Joseph came to Ohio for a few weekends during these months, but he was sheltered from some of Jen's worst times. Sandy, on the other hand, often took the brunt of Jen's anger, despair, or frustration. She frequently felt in the line of fire: Joseph wanted her with him in California and Jen depended on her mom. Pulled between her husband and her ill adult child, Sandy often felt overwhelmed.
The nursing profession takes into account the whole experience of health and illness for the patient, including family and friends, or nonprofessional caregivers. However, evidence-based interventions to ameliorate the physical and emotional effects on chronic caregivers like Sandy are relatively few. This article reviews the literature exploring the caregiver's experience, describes strategies to decrease the burden of this experience, and gives practical advice for incorporating this evidence into nursing care.
After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:
• Examine the literature exploring the caregiver's experience.
• Identify strategies to decrease the burden of this experience.
Topics: Caregivers, Older Adults
Healthcare Management, Nursing,
CME 1.25 +4
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