TheCareGivingLife.com is a website for the heroes in the fight against chronic disease like congestive heart failure, COPD, and type II diabetes: Our caregivers.
trains home health workers and family caregivers in the everyday clinical skills they need to manage chronic disease, keeping patients stable and out of the hospital.
21 million Americans are home-bound with advanced chronic diseases. They need to follow doctors’ orders, take their medications, change their clothes, use the toilet, or even walk safely across a room without help. It is no exaggeration to say that, without the help of home health workers and family caregivers, many could not survive.
While these 21 million advanced chronic disease sufferers are only 5% of American patients, they consume 50% of American healthcare dollars. There is opportunity for hope though: A full 38% of those costs could be avoided with effective daily disease management - by our home health workers and family caregivers.
Beyond help with personal care, paraprofessional and family caregivers are increasingly responsible for the complex, difficult job of managing diseases. Essential aspects of disease management, like medication administration and warning sign recognition, must be performed every day to avoid potentially fatal consequences - and caregivers are the only people who see advanced chronic disease patients every day.
Many caregivers spend as many as 24 hours a day with their patients. The tedium can be awful, and their own isolation profound. Sleep deprivation is not unusual. They contend daily with the pressure of potentially catastrophic consequences for even seemingly minor mistakes, along with the physical burdens of cleaning and moving disabled patients, some of whom weigh as much as 350 pounds.TheCareGivingLife.com
first recognizes the profound value of these American heroes, and sends them the message that, with our support, they are not alone.
Just as importantly, TheCareGivingLife.com
offers caregivers the training they need to address dreaded diseases every day, promoting the sort of effective, daily disease management that will minimize unnecessary suffering and cost.
– The Team at TheCareGivingLife