Chronic renal failure is among the chronic disease which due to the persistence of the disease and long treatment process has various effects on the physiological, psychological, functional ability, lifestyle changes, and independent status of the patient and his family.
ECARIS will attempt to provide education, support, and encouragement for caregivers of these patients.
The ECARIS (Educating Carers of Kidney Patients) project will focus on the needs and the problems addressed by informal carers and professionals who work with carers of patients with “End Stage Renal Disease” from Greece, Spain, Denmark and Italy.
The ECARIS (Educating Carers of Kidney Patients) project aims at exploring ways of supporting caregivers that can have beneficial effects on the outcomes for both the patient and the caregiver.
Discussing coping skills can improve the caregiver quality of life even in the difficult environment of end-of-life care. Psychosocial intervention can have significant, positive effects on caregivers’ burden and improve their satisfaction with their role.
The benefits of informing/learning/teaching caregivers are numerous and include issues such as
illness education, medication concordance improvements, explanation of prognostic expectations, and various other psychosocial and practical inputs.
Although it involves a lot of work, the payoff more than rewards the effort. Carers become virtual members of the multidisciplinary team, and their contribution to care plans is valued and respected.