The stress of a chronic health condition or disability in a family member can impact on families as a whole, particularly if the different caregivers within the family attempt to deal with his or her feelings alone and without support. The ability to communicate effectively is a critical aspect of healthy functioning families.
A primary threat to communication is the repression of affect, when family members suppress negative feelings like being overwhelmed, guilt, uncertainty, conflict and confusion within relationships associated with their situation. Being able to openly express these feelings and share emotions can build care givers’ resilience.
The S.IN.CA.L.A (Supporting Informal Carers A Whole Family and Lifecourse Approach) project will meet common need of all EU countries: to address the challenge of providing care and support to an ageing population, particular among the older old (80+). In all countries, there will be a need for an increasing number of families to provide care. To achieve this, policy and supports for family carers will be imperative. S.IN.CA.L.A will provide an intervention programme that can be used by professionals working with family carers to support them build resilience to maintain capacity to care.
FIND OUT ABOUT THE RESOURCES THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED BY S.IN.CA.L.A. HERE
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