• By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Nov 15, 2023

    HealthWell Foundation Launches Dedicated Web Page for Family Caregivers

    Editor’s Note: November is National Family Caregivers Month, an initiative spearheaded by Caregiver Action Network, which has established the theme #CaregiversConnect for NFC Month 2023. #CaregiversConnect highlights the many ways in which caregivers connect. These can include talking with another caregiver in the waiting room at the doctor’s office and…more.

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  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Nov 1, 2023

    Organization Skills Required: Coordinating Medical Care for Your Loved One

    Family caregivers of a loved one with cancer wear many different hats: nurse, chef, driver, financial planner, housecleaner, physical and emotional supporter, and more. Many caregivers also find themselves playing another vital role: care coordinator. Cancer Support Community (CSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting and strengthening people impacted…more.

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  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Sep 20, 2023

    What is the Cost of Caregiving?

    Caregiving for an elderly or ill loved one is a labor of love that can have plenty of rewards for both the caregiver and the care recipient. However, it also can come with some real costs. In fact, AARP estimates that family caregivers spend an average of 26% of their…more.

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  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Aug 23, 2023

    5 Tips to Manage Caregiver Anxiety and Depression

    Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness can be stressful – physically, emotionally, and financially – and burnout among caregivers can be extremely high. Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD, sees the deleterious effects of caregiver burnout all too often in her therapy practice in New York City. Anxiety and…more.

  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Aug 9, 2023

    Caring for a Loved One with Cancer Can Be Tough: These Two Care Team Providers Can Make It Easier

    When someone is diagnosed with cancer, a team of medical professionals mobilizes to coordinate care. Depending on the diagnosis and treatment strategy, patients may be cared for by surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, physical therapists, and other specialists providing hands-on care. In many cancer centers, patients also have access…more.

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  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  May 31, 2023

    Two Full-Time Jobs: The Challenges of Being a Family Caregiver While Working

    Acting as a family caregiver can be a challenging, full-time job, and it can be even more challenging if you already have a full-time (or even part-time) job. The struggle is a common one: An estimated 60 percent of family caregivers are employed, and two-thirds have had to make some…more.

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  • By Courtney McHugh, MSW, LSW, Lead Navigator, Family Reach  |  May 17, 2023

    How to Ask for Financial Support During Cancer Treatment

    When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you may find yourself sorting through a lot of information — treatment schedules, medications, etc. — and it’s easy for questions about money to get overlooked. Even if financial questions are top of mind, we know that asking for help paying your housing, food, and…more.

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  • By ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center  |  Apr 5, 2023

    Nine Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease

    Caregivers of family members with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, may face special challenges that result in changing roles within the family and the need for more intensive levels of care. Providing care can be complicated and challenging and requires careful planning. Respite care services can provide family caregivers with a…more.

  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Feb 22, 2023

    Caregiving Expert: “Fill Your Tank”

    The number of Americans providing unpaid care to family members or loved ones has increased since 2015. Today, about one in five is acting as a family caregiver to an adult with health or functional needs, according to a 2020 report by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC).…more.

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  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Apr 28, 2021

    Stress on Family Caregivers Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Serving as a family caregiver for a loved one can be stressful under the best of circumstances. However, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s estimated 53 million family caregivers have faced additional challenges and taken on new responsibilities that may be pushing some to the brink. An October 2020 report…more.