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A patient sustained a head injury a month ago, as a result of a sports injury. He is currently functioning at Level VI (Confused, Appropriate) on the Rancho Los Amigos Scale. The patient is due to be discharged to live with his 44-year-old sister who lives in a single-level house. She works from home and has agreed to be available 24/7, to help with his care. What is the MOST IMPORTANT information to share with his sister before the patient is discharged?
=> Effective method of cueing to help the patient initiate and end tasks during BADLs
=> List of mental health resources to ensure the patient maintains regular visits to prevent depression
=> Strategies to use to reduce or prevent caregiver burnout
=> Visual cues as reminders posted in the kitchen and bathroom for sequencing tasks

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Asked on March 25, 2019 12:02 pm
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C. Since the patient’s sister will be the primary caregiver and available 24 hours a day, the subject of burnout should be addressed early on especially if the patient requires extensive assistance. The OT should consider the effects care-giving can have on a person. The patient will be dependent on his sister for all aspects of his life ie: safety, psycho-social support, activities of daily living, and IADLs. Depressive mood, stress and anxiety, physical exhaustion and decreased social and leisure participation are some of the factors experienced by the caregiver. By teaching her strategies to cope, her new role as caregiver could be made easier.

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