Does connecting with a Family Caregiver Navigator make a difference?

The following graphics tell part of the story about the impact of the navigator program on caregivers.  This information is based on findings gathered from caregivers at several points in time in their journey with a navigator and is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Family Caregiver Navigator pilot project.

Identity Discrepancy describes a caregiver’s ability to reconcile their personal role with the care recipient (spouse, child, parent, etc) alongside their assumed role as caregiver. For example if a caregiver must transition from an independent adult child to providing a high level of support for a now dependent parent. The change in their role could result in identity discrepancy. Reducing identity discrepancy through alignment of personal norms with care activities results in a reduction of burden and illness-related stressors.

Stress reduction can decrease blood pressure, mitigates the impacts (or onset) of chronic disease and increases quality of life.

Depression relates to overall wellbeing and mental health for a caregiver, which may reduce the need for institutionalization of care receivers. While the assessment cannot diagnose depression, it aligns with common diagnostic tools.

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