Caregiving for Hospice Patients Adversely Affects Health

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020

A recent study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) discovered that family caregivers who are taking care of patients in hospice are more likely to see a decline in their own health.  Caregivers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.

“Caregiving was associated with an 82% rise in hypertension, 60% increase in anxiety, and a 64% upsurge in depression, BCBSA found. Caregiving also correlated with a 74% increase in obesity and a 59% higher risk of hospitalization for the caregiver, coupled with a 33% greater likelihood of an emergency department visit.”

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