ERIC Number: ED364711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Coping with Caregiving: How To Manage Stress When Caring for Elderly Relatives. A Pacific Northwest Extension Publication. PNW 315.
Schmall, Vicki L.; Stiehl, Ruth E.
This publication is designed to help persons caring for elderly relatives maintain their own personal well-being while providing good care for their relative. Typical caregivers and caregiving activities are profiled. Two checklists are presented that are designed to help caregivers determine whether they are manifesting the warning signs of stress and identify the causes of their stress. Discussed in a section on stress management are the following basic strategies: set realistic goals and expectations (plan achievable goals and develop realistic expectations); establish limits; ask for and accept help; take care of oneself (express one's feelings, maintain one's health, and take time for oneself); and involve other people (hold a family conference, seek professional assistance, and use community resources). The following topics are covered in a section on caregiving at a distance: establishing a network, thinking before moving the family member requiring care, supporting the local caregiver, and being prepared for dramatic changes. Examined next are the pros and cons of placement in a care facility. A conclusion and list of related publications are provided. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho Univ., Moscow. Cooperative Extension Service.