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Opciones para el final de la vida: los tubos de alimentacio y los respiradores (Feeding Tubes and Ventilators)

Las familias que cuidan a un paciente crónico posiblemente tengan que enfrentarse a decisiones muy difíciles con respecto al tratamiento médico de su ser querido. Según avanzan ciertas enfermedades—la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la enfermedad de Parkinson y la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica (ELA) como secuela de un accidente cerebrovascular—éstas pueden conducir a dos de las más frecuentes de esas decisiones: si se debe utilizar un tubo de alimentación cuando el paciente crónico ya no puede masticar y tragar la comida, y si debe usarse un respirador cuando ya no puede respirar por sí mismo.

Opciones de la comunidad para el cuidado del paciente (Community Care Options)

Como cuidador, es posible que tenga que ayudar a su ser querido en una amplia gama de actividades, como bañarse, vestirse, cocinar y comer. Además, tal vez tenga que atender también problemas jurídicos y financieros, tales como tomar las decisiones de atención médica, pagar las facturas, administrar las inversiones y llevar el presupuesto. Afortunadamente, hay numerosos servicios de cuidado en la comunidad que podrán ayudarles a usted y a su ser querido.

Dementia, Driving and California State Law

Driving and Dementia

Helping Families Make Everyday Care Choices


The best everyday care choices for the person diagnosed with a dementing illness, and for loved ones giving care, depend on an understanding of values and care preferences. Examples of everyday care choices include when to stop driving, how to manage money, whether to purchase or use support services, when to accept care from family members and, at a more personal level, when to bathe and what activities to do.

Hiring In-Home Help


Most family caregivers reach a point when they realize they need help at home. Tell-tale signs include recognizing that your loved one requires constant supervision and/or assistance with everyday activities, such as bathing and dressing. Caregivers also find that certain housekeeping routines and regular errands are accomplished with great difficulty or are left undone. It may become apparent that in order to take care of any business outside the home, more than one caregiver is required.


Incidence and Prevalence of the Major Causes of Brain Impairment


Many of the diseases and disorders that affect the brain are progressive and their incidence and prevalence increase with age. Caring for those with adult-onset brain impairments frequently becomes a 24-hour, 7-day a week role. As the population ages, the need for care and for understanding the impact of these disorders on families becomes even more pressing.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Family Caregiver Prevalence Studies

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