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Pamela Baxter spoke with CHCH TV about family caregiver project

May 28, 2020

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Dr. Pamela Baxter spoke with CHCH TV on March 26 about a Canada-wide study of family caregivers who are supporting loved ones in long-term care.

“This is a particularly hard time for caregivers with loved ones in long-term care who are dealing with dementia. COVID has exaggerated the issues that they have to deal with,” said Baxter.

“Family caregivers have unique needs when their loved ones are transferred to long-term care. They feel hopeless. They feel loneliness and loss and grief and guilt. There’s a perception in the community that the person is safe, so the caregiver doesn’t need the same level of social support. But family caregivers said they have unique needs. This study provides some support for those caregivers,” she says.

This is an on-line resource toolkit that includes various activities and links to supports. Caregivers can engage with the toolkit as much or as little as they want. Topics are varied, but all are intended to increase hope, self-efficacy social supports and overall quality of life while decreasing loneliness, isolation, and feelings of grief and loss.

This project is part of a larger project out of the University of Alberta.

Duggleby, W., O’Rourke, H. (Co-PIs), Baxter, P. (Ontario Lead), Dube, V., Ghosh, S., Holroyd-Leduc, J., McAiney, C., Nekoliachuk, C., Peacock, S., Thompson, G. (Co-Is). Supporting family caregivers of persons living with dementia: Effectiveness and sustainability of My Tools 4 Care-In-Care. Canadian Public Health Association, Dementia Community Investment Grant, $882,000.

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