Typical CAPP Caregivers
Jane is a long-distance caregiver to her mother who is 86 and has dementia and a history of cancer. Though Jane is from a large family, she received little help from her siblings after her mother's recent fall. Overwhelmed by what needed to be done to ensure her mother's safety at home, Jane contacted CAPP for guidance. The CAPP social worker assisted Jane in prioritizing the tasks at hand and helped her evaluate the various options for care. Even though Jane lives in another state, she still checks-in monthly with the CAPP social worker who assisted her. Now that the crisis has passed, Jane uses the phone sessions to talk about the family dynamics that complicate her caregiving and is learning to balance her needs with those of her mother.
Matthew, who works full-time, reached out to CAPP when his 85 year old father began refusing to bathe. Matthew was distressed and unsure about what to do. The social worker at CAPP partnered with Matthew to learn more about his father. Later she met with his concerned siblings to discuss possible explanations for the behavior as well as ways to intervene. With the social worker's guidance Matthew and his family were able to talk with their father about their concerns and offer help that he would agree to. Today, Matthew checks-in with the social worker every few months to problem-solve other concerns and receive support in managing his new role.
Inez, is the sole caretaker of her 92 year old mother who has had multiple health conditions for the past several years. Recently, when doctors told Inez that her mother's health was declining, Inez turned to CAPP for support in coping and information to help her plan. The CAPP social worker listened to Inez's worries and answered her questions about hospice services and advanced directives. Now that end-of-life care has begun, Inez meets weekly with the social worker to discuss her feelings as she prepares to lose her mother.
Jane, Matthew and Inez all called the CAPP Caregiver Resource Center at Mount Sinai and spoke with a social worker who specializes in assisting family caregivers. Each received a combination of information, support and guidance that met their unique needs. In the process, a collaborative partnership was formed with a professional who can remain available to them for as long as necessary.