ANCHOR LEAD: THOSE CARING FOR INFIRM PEOPLE DO EXPERIENCE REWARDS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Caring for someone who is terminally or chronically ill is hard work, as community-based caregivers would no doubt universally agree. Yet the provision of such care is also very rewarding, Johns Hopkins research shows. Jennifer Wolff, the study’s lead author, describes her findings.
WOLFF: We found that the burdens, the emotional, physical and financial burdens associated with providing end of life care were higher among end of life caregivers than among caregivers who were providing help to individuals who survived the following year but that the rewards were comparable among the two groups which was surprising and is the first study to look at this issue of the rewards experienced by end of life caregivers. :24
Wolff says these caregiving family and friends could benefit from more communication with health care professionals as well as respite care for themselves, a strategy that’s proven effective in those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.