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Nursing Care Plan Caregiver role strain

certified nurse assistant8 257x300 Nursing Care Plan Caregiver role strainNursing Care Plan Caregiver role strain Definition:Caregiver is vulnerable for felt difficulty in performing the family caregiver role, is a professional judgment based on the application of clinical knowledge which determines potential or actual experiences and responses to health problems and life processes. The list of nanda nursing diagnosis can be applied to individuals, families or communities. Included with the list of nanda nursing diagnosis is an array of commonly applied interventions from which the caregiver can choose to implement to the given patient. Standardized nursing language is a body of terms used in the profession that is considered to be understood in common. The use of common terms promotes patient safety by allowing nurses to quickly and efficiently understand the aspects of a patient’s needs. The use of standardized terms allows nursing staff to avoid sifting through long narratives in order to determine a particular patient’s needs and planned course of care. Nursing Care Plan Caregiver role strain

Risk Factors

  • Not developmentally ready for
  • Situational factors, such as
  • caregiver role (e.g., young adult who must unexpectedly care for a middle-age parent)
  • close relationship between caregiver and care recipient;discharge of family member
  • Evidence of drug or alcoholwith significant home care addiction in caregiver or care
    recipient, health impairment of caregiver, severity or unpre-dictable course of illness, or instability of care recipient’s health needs; inadequate environment or facilities for providing care;isolation, inexperience, or overwork of caregiver; lack of recreation for caregiver; pres-ence of abuse or violence;
  • Evidence of codependency;simultaneous occurrence of deviant, bizarre behavior of care recipient; dysfunctional family coping patterns that existed before the caregiving situation other events that cause stress for family (significant personal loss, natural disaster, economic hardship, or major life events)

Assessment Focus

  • Behavior
  • Neurocognition
  • Coping
  • Role/relationships
  • Knowledge

Expected Outcomes The Caregiver Will

  • Identify current stressors.
  • Identify appropriate coping strategies and will state plans to incor-porate strategies into daily routine.
  • State intention to contact formal and informal sources of support.
  • State intention to incorporate recreational activities into daily rou-tine.
  • Report satisfaction with ability to cope with stress caused by care-giving responsibilities.

Suggested Noc Outcomes

Caregiver Emotional Health; Caregiver Home Care Readiness; Care-giver Lifestyle Disruption; Caregiver–Patient Relationship; Caregiver Physical Health; Caregiver Stressors; Caregiving Endurance Potential;Rest

Interventions And Rationales

Determine: Help caregiver identify current stressors. Ask whether stress is likely to increase or decrease in the future to evaluate the risk of caregiver role strain.Attend: Encourage caregiver to discuss coping skills used to overcome similar stressful situations in the past to bolster caregiver’s confidence in ability to manage current situation and explore ways to apply coping strategies before caregiver becomes overwhelmed.Help caregiver identify formal and informal sources of support,such as home health agencies, municipal or county social services,hospital social workers, physicians, clinics and day-care centers, fam-ily members, friends, church groups, and community volunteers, to plan for an occasional or regularly scheduled respite.Encourage caregiver to discuss hobbies or diversional activities.Incorporating enjoyable activities into the daily or weekly schedule will discipline caregiver to take needed breaks from caregiving responsibilities and thereby diminish stress.Encourage caregiver to participate in a support group. Provide infor-mation on organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association and Children of Aging Parents to foster mutual support and provide an outlet for expressing feelings before frustration becomes overwhelming.If caregiver seems overly anxious or distraught, gently point out facts about care recipient’s mental and physical condition. Many times a caregiver’s perspective is clouded by a long history of emo-tional involvement. Your input may help caregiver view the situation more objectively. Suggest ways for caregiver to use time efficiently.Better time management may help caregiver reduce stress.Manage: If you believe that excessive emotional involvement is hin-dering caregiver’s ability to function, consider recommending Code-pendents Anonymous to provide support.

Suggested Nic Interventions

Caregiver Support; Home Maintenance Assistance; Referral; Respite Care; Role Enhancement; Support Group


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