Family Caregiver Support

Family caregivers play a central role in the care of persons with severe mental illness. The majority of them live with the illness of their affected relative 24 hours of the day, each day of the year. Research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling mental conditions are themselves at risk. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives. Medical advances, shorter hospital stays, and expansion of home care technology have placed increased care responsibilities on families, who are being asked to shoulder greater care burdens for longer periods of time.

 

The objectives of our project are

  • to empower citizens to develop self-confidence and patients competence in their caring for family members with mental illness: A Guide and a Resource Packs will provide  the caregiver with helpful tips, tools, and information. Its two main sections focus on “Caring for YOU” and “Caring for the Individual.
  • to ensure immediate access to these products at any place or any time in all languages of the partnership: The products will be available not only as interactive web-based contents, but also as mobile apps.
  • to include refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have no or only little command of the host country’s language: we will produce translations of some of the materials also into Arabic and Pashtun.