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Helping Caregivers To Deal With Stress

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - There’s helpful news for family caregivers. Two new free tools  designed to help them better understand their role and deal with the stress  that can accompany it are now available.

A family caregiver is anyone who plays a role in an older loved one’s care—a role that can be challenging. According to The  Family Caregiver Alliance, family caregivers report chronic conditions,  including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, at nearly twice the rate (45  percent vs. 24 percent) of non-family caregivers.

Plus, a recent study from Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home  Instead Senior Care® franchise network (, indicates a  reluctance to ask for help and chronic illness are two characteristics that  can make family caregivers more vulnerable to caregiver distress. Each Home  Instead Senior Care® franchise office is independently owned and operated.

To help, Home Instead recently released two new tools free for family  caregivers. Their “Are You a Caregiver Quiz” is designed to help a family caregiver  identify and recognize the role of caregiver. The “Family Caregiver Distress  Assessment” was created to enable caregivers to help determine their  potential risk for caregiver distress and to be aware of its possible  resulting effects, such as depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and  obesity.

Many who completed the assessment identified “watching their loved one  decline” both physically and mentally as most stressful.

Said company president Jeff Huber, “It’s important for caregivers to understand  that stress can impact one’s ability to care. If they don’t care for  themselves, they may put their senior loved ones at risk.”

To access the free caregiver tools, visit