Caring for Carers PDF Print E-mail

AUTHOR: UNAIDS
DATE: 2002
PUBLISHER: UNAIDS

This report is based on interviews with managers and supervisors of care teams; carers on the staff of AIDS Support Organizations; community volunteers; primary carers within families; and individuals with expertise in this field. The report identifies who the carers are within the family and at community level. It then identifies the stressors associated with their care-giving roles. The quality of care they are able to provide and their ability to do so over a sustained period depend on the protection of their own well-being and morale, so it is important to minimize the stressors on carers. This report draws lessons from the field in how to manage stress and minimize burnout in these settings and recommends strategies to safeguard the health of carers at family and community levels.

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