Caregivers who accompany patients to the Froedtert Senior Health Program's Geriatric Evaluation Cinic, where Dr. Kerwin practices, [Dr. Diana R. Kerwin, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Medical College of Wisconsin] are screened for "caregiver stress" and see a gerontology nurse and social worker, who answer their questions, provide information, and help create a plan for the care of the patient. Caregivers are given a kit with information about support groups and community services, including adult day care, home care agencies, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and respite care. "What we're seeing is that Alzheimer's is not a typical disease model, precisely because the health and well-being of the caregiver is affected as well as the patient. I know when I assume care of the Alzheimer's patient, I am also caring for the caregiver."
Friday, March 13, 2009
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