Caregiving for a chronically ill person is challenging. On a daily basis, managing chronic illness requires balancing illness needs with day-to-day tasks. Informal caregivers such as friends and family members often disregard their own health needs, focusing on the loved one for whom they are caring. Additionally, caregivers generally begin caregiving without any information or training. To meet the needs of caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, Family and Consumer Science specialists developed a 5-week caregiving series. Evaluation data found that the caregivers gained more knowledge about caregiving and felt more comfortable in their caregiving roles after participating in the series.
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Bailey, S., & Paul, L. (2008). Meeting the Needs of Rural Caregivers: The Development and Evaluation of an Alzheimer's Caregiving Series. The Journal of Extension, 46(1), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss1/4