Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

Abstract

The Health Projects Center (HPC) was established in 1980 as a non-profit organization serving Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. HPC offers the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) to help older adults maintain their independence at home. At HPC there are many caregivers that suffer from caregiver burnout. One of the main reasons for caregiver burnout is that caregivers and clients don't want to accept help from others and don't look for resources. Contributing factors for caregiver burnout include not practicing self-care, not aware of resources available and caregivers feel alone/overwhelmed with no support system. There are consequences that can affect a caregiver and the care receiver. These include strain on other relationships, health problems, and the care receiver might lose support and help from the caregiver. This project’s purpose was to prevent or help reduce caregiver burnout by providing resources that can help a care receiver. By seeking help, care receivers will get the help they need and caregivers will have one less thing to do. This project was developed for the MSSP clients to get information on the resources they are interested in and create less stress to caregivers. A needs assessment was conducted for the purpose to identify their needs for resources and programs. The results of the assessment were then utilized to develop a resource brochure that was disseminated to the caregivers for their immediate use. It was recommended for case managers to emphasize to clients when conducting the monthly phone call that they are there to help and advocate to find services or referrals to community resources.

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