Managing the Stress
Some of the Challenges:
Staying up on latest & greatest stuff
Juggling it all!
Coping Options for Individuals:
Health Care Team
Scheduled/unscheduled “falling apart”
Coping options for the Family:
Larger focus, to reduce stress, is on the Family
Things to reduce stress for the family:
Family emotional supportiveness
Between parents -- are mother and father emotionally available to each other?
Availability -- is there flexibility with daily schedules?
Joint decision making -- between spouses
Value congruence -- between spouses
Communications patterns -- are messages about rules clear or confusing?
Response to initial symptoms
Ultimate Goal: for Individuals & Families
ACCEPTANCE & LETTING GO
May the FORCE Be with You!
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN MSW CDE