Study of Stroke Caregivers’ Caregiving Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic reveals higher risk of abuse

A recent study carried out in Hong-Kong explored the impact of COVID-19 on patients with stroke and their carers.

The findings suggested that caregivers have worsened physical and psychological well-being because of increases in care burden with simultaneously reduced formal and informal support. In relation to this, the research highlights that the relationship between caregiver and stroke survivor was affected, placing some survivors at heightened risk of abuse. For example, there was a concerning phenomenon of increased physical and verbal conflict between carers and care recipients, as carers would lose control over their emotions and become aggressive as duration of care became longer.

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