Caregivers are not always facing happy moments, while they doing there wonderful job, taking care of somebody. In contrary their job is very challenging. Based on statistics*, 88% of veteran caregivers report increased stress or anxiety as a result of caregiving. Caregiver stress raises the risk for other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. And especially those women caregivers, who care for a spouse are more at risk for the harmful health effects of caregiver stress. An other important information is that the women caregivers may be less likely to get regular screenings and medical check-ups than a non caregiver, even if it would be much more necessary. That's the problem what Teva tries to solve. One of the solution it could be a bus, which is a mobile medical clinic. Because it is mobile, there is no need to make appointments, to go to a hospital, to leave their partners unsupervised, to queue etc. And in the other hand the caregivers don't even realise that not only their partners need medical check-ups, but it is very recommended for them as well. Teva's buses go directly to the caregiver house, so while the caregiver can get on the bus and have a regular medical check, nurses can take care of their partners, relatives (if there is a need). An other important thing which is offered on the bus, is a short discussion with the caregivers on how they can relieve the stress.
Half (53%) of caregivers who said their health had gotten worse due to caregiving also said the decline in their health has affected their ability to provide care (NAC, 2006). Caregivers said they do not go to the doctor because they put their family’s needs first (67% said that is a major reason), or they put the care recipient’s needs over their own (57%). More than half (51%) said they do not have time to take care of themselves and almost half (49%) said they are too tired to do so (NAC, 2004).