Home care: Knowing your limits

Quality Foundation in Nursing Center

Berlin (OTS)

Relatives who provide care can face enormous psychological and physical stress. That’s why ZQP offers information and advice to reduce the burden on caregivers on its free, ad-free portal, Prevention in Care.

Family members play a major role in home care. With over 4 million people in Germany officially considered to be in need of care, most of them are cared for at home by one or more people close to them. Among other things, relatives help with medication, personal hygiene, eating, transportation or shopping. On average, caring relatives – especially when they are caring for a person with dementia – are considered to be physically and, above all, psychologically more stressed than people without such a task. It’s not uncommon for a lack of sleep, free time, or social contacts to go hand in hand with a nurturing task. Stress can lead to physical complaints such as headaches or backaches. It can cause frustration, depression, loneliness and promote depression. Since the health of the relatives who are caring for them can be at risk, especially in the case of long-term and intensive care, preventive measures are important. For this purpose, the Center for Quality in Nursing (ZQP) has compiled knowledge and practical advice on its prevention portal.

What contributes to the relief of relatives in individual cases depends on several factors. These include, among other things, the degree of care for the person in need of care as well as the living situation, needs and flexibility of the person caring for them. “Although many relatives cope well with a caring situation, the task of caring is simultaneously demanding in different ways and can lead to total exhaustion. To ensure that this does not happen, it is important to know your stress limits,” explains Daniela Solman, care expert. and Director of ZQP.

There are different starting points for relief. Long-term care insurance provides a range of benefits intended to facilitate care, among other things. This includes aids such as care beds and shower seats, measures to improve the living environment, day care, short-term and preventive care and professional support from care services. In addition, those who need first-class care are entitled to a so-called relief amount for daily assistance. In addition, a nursing course can provide both physical and psychological relief. The costs of this course for caregivers are also covered by care insurance. For example, nursing techniques are taught there to protect the back. Or you can learn to be more relaxed with a relative who has dementia. Connecting with others in a family group can also be emotionally relaxing.

Daniela Sollmann advises: “An important starting point for relief is counseling about care. In order to know what relief offerings would be helpful in your case and how to obtain it, the relatives providing the care should seek counseling at an early stage.” This can be done free of charge through legally regulated care advice, for example in a care base. Addresses for this can be obtained on the Internet, for example through ZQP’s independent advice database or from the Nursing Care Trust or private nursing care insurance. In addition, caring relatives should undergo regular medical examinations, but at the latest when signs of overload appear. A family doctor can also provide advice about psychological support, psychotherapy or rehabilitation measures.

“Relatives who take care of themselves should take care of themselves as best they can,” Soloman explains. “It’s good for your health to have a balance, pursue your own interests, and exercise regularly.” Whether in the circle of friends, at the club or when going to the theater, those who love to socialize should not lose this balance through patronage. Physical activities such as walking, cycling, swimming or participating in sports sessions are also suitable for reducing stress and strengthening the body.

ZQP offers further advice for the comfort of family caregivers on the freely accessible, ad-free internet portal www.pflege-praevention.de. There you will also find information on how to prevent health problems for people who need care.

Media contact:

Linz turbine
Tel: 030275 93 15-95
Email: torben.lenz@zqp.de

Original content from: Foundation for Quality in Nursing Center, transmitted by aktuell news

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