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Best Practices: Caregiver Social & Emotional Support

Social and emotional supports provide needed outlets to share the struggles of caregiving with others who understand the challenges – these supports can be tremendously helpful in providing strength and support to help caregivers continue in their role. In a study of 246 caregivers 45% indicated that emotional support was one of the top caregiver needs (Black, 2013).

“The demanding work of caregiving can put caregivers at risk of engaging in harmful behaviors toward their care recipients, particularly among caregivers of persons with cognitive impairments. Depressed caregivers are more likely to harm their spouses. Caregivers who are at risk of depression while caring for spouses with significant cognitive or physical impairments are more likely to engage in neglect or abusive behaviors, such as screaming and yelling, threatening to abandon or use physical force, withholding food, hitting, or handling roughly.” Susan Reinhard, National Center for Biotechnology Information

The Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment scores on two factors in this section:

  1. Group Support
  2. Individual Support

Expand the categories below to find the scoring factors and recommended practices for each. You can also download a pdf of the Best Practices Document to save and share.

1. Group Support

2. Individual Support

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