One of the challenges of raising a child with cerebral palsy or another birth injury is that it thrusts parents into more of a caretaker role than they already are. The burdens of medical caretaking can take their toll on the wellbeing of parents, which in turn can reduce their ability to care for their children’s needs.
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A study recently published bears this out, according to Cerebral Palsy News Today. Mothers of children with spastic CP were administered several questionnaires to measure how well they were able to provide care. They found that depression, fatigue, and the burdens of care were all high in the population.
Higher levels of education and employment status did improve the mother’s overall quality of life and did help them with coping strategies to deal with their challenges.
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“In this study, the significant predictive power of caregivers’ burden, depression, and fatigue was confirmed, implying that interventions should lay emphasis on the empowerment of family caregivers by providing proper training, supporting them, and facilitating access to necessary resources in order for them to handle the burden of care better,” the researchers said.
If you need help, there are groups of caretakers who help support each other by sharing their struggles. Seek these out in your community. Compensation helps, but you need to take care of yourself too.