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PODCASTS: Ann Morrison, Ph.D., RN, CS
Ann Morrison, Director of the Family and Caregiver Program talks about caregivers.
Who are the caregivers for people with dementia?
Ann Morrison gives a snapshot.
0:24 Caregivers giving care at home
1:00 We make a lot of assumptions about caregivers
2:00 Fifty percent of caregivers are adult children, tend to be female
3:02 In addition to having competing responsibilities money is an issue
4:01 Creates family conflict
5:02 They've gotten one big surprise and need to be educated so as avoid others
6:03 Caregivers often worry about things happening that never do
7:01 Websites aren't always accurate
Caregivers must manage their expectations of themselves and others, as well as seek help when needed.
0:15 This is not a sign of failure
1:01 We have unrealistic expectations
2:02 Willing to accept a helping hand
3:03 Do have to select an institutional setting
4:02 A lot of things that are really difficult but also rewarding
5:04 Turn the experience around into a positive
6:05 Care for the caregiver is front and center
7:05 University based clinics
Ann Morrison discusses management of the home environment to benefit both the person with dementia and the caregiver.
0:08 Adjusting the home environment
1:00 Organize medicines, keys, mail, etc.
2:00 Regulate your day, plan your calendar
3:00 For the caregiver organization is also important
4:04 Do these things now
5:01 You get into a problem
6:07 I always tell people you're not a saint
A range of care options outside the home is available for the person with dementia. Ann Morrison talks about factors to assess in choosing a facility.
0:15 Primary determiner of that is cost
1:02 Physical health of the care recipient
2:07 Assisted living may not be able to deal with range of medical problems
3:06 You will double your workload
3:52 Doing in crisis mode is very stressful and limiting
4:35 You can always move
5:27 Always difficult to change environment of someone with a memory problem
6:35 Make a wrong decision? Make another one to right it