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Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Sharing caregiver's experiences". ARDSI, Hyderabad, April, 2011. (2)

The monthly caregiver's meeting was held on Saturday, 9th April, 2011 from
2.30P.M. – 4.50 P.M, at conference hall, 1st floor, Millennium Block, NIMS.

This month's topic was "Sharing Caregivers Experiences". The audience comprised family members and ARDSI volunteers.


"Sharing of carer experience: Mr. X, family caregiver narrated
his experience with his mother who was affected with dementia and have
been taken care of by the family for 10 years. He explained that
special care needs to be taken with respect to basic hygiene and
To reduce caregiver stress, it is essential to have an
alternate caregiver who can share the responsibilities.
It is
important to spend quality time with patient and include outings in
the daily/weeklyschedule such as visits to the park, temple etc.
Patients shouldn't be coerced into doing anything as this will
increase their frustration.
Rather a loving and supportive environment
should be provided to persuade them. He concluded by asking carers to
not focus on the tragic nature of the disease but to develop the
courage to accept the circumstances and work towards improving the
quality of life".


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