Research & Resources for Family Caregivers
Age and Emotional Well-Being: The Varied Emotional Experience of Family Caregivers, is a research study conducted by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Stanford University Psychology Department that found family caregivers – older ones especially - run the risk of poor well-being and depression when they take on the job of caring for a severely ill loved one. This may be because their social relationships suffer too, which
Comfort Keepers® collaborated with Stanford and the home care services software company ClearCare to survey 2,000 adults who had hired a Comfort Keepers caregiver to help an ailing relative. The survey found that family caregivers caring for a severely ill loved one often experienced social isolation and negative impacts to their emotional wellbeing.
The study reveals what all too many caregivers know, yet fail to do – they need to care for themselves too. It’s only when they take care of themselves that they can take good care of their loved one. Sometimes, that means asking for help from other family members. It can also mean turning to home care services, like those available from Comfort Keepers, for a helping hand.