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LEOMINSTER — Caring for a loved one is stressful. The reasons can be surprising. A study done by the University of Arkansas showed some interesting facts. Certain aspects of care take a greater toll than others. For example, managing money and overseeing medications was found to be the most challenging — even more challenging than providing physical care to the patient. It was noted that supporting a person’s emotional and cognitive needs was also difficult.

More than 45 million people in the United States are caring for a family member. This responsibility, coupled with the demands of jobs, children and marriage, has created strain. Effects can build over time and reach a critical point. Caring for someone else’s health needs can impact one’s own well-being. In fact, more than 50 percent of caregivers show signs of clinical depression.

The results of the study showed that there is hope, however. With the right support, caregivers can manage the demands placed upon them. For example, more information about basic medical needs can help the caregiver manage the complexities of their role.

Professional resources such as counseling were also identified. Options for time off from employers was also indicated as a solution to alleviating some stress. Not everyone makes good use of the resources that are available. The patient and the caregiver can suffer as a result.

Axiom Health Care Services is a community-based resource that provides staffing solutions for home-care and facility settings. Their team of skilled nursing staff can help to ease the problems of caregivers. They provide education and support for all members of a health-care team. Helping people to remain in their homes with an optimal quality of life is Axiom’s goal.

For more information about Axiom Health Care services, contact Chad Lebouf at 978-895-0122 or e-mail nursing@axiomnursing.com.

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