The Role of Caregivers for someone facing cancer.
Caregivers for chronically ill or disabled. Their indispensable role.
Caring for someone with a life-threatening disease can be emotionally and physically draining. Caregivers can be a blessing.
Caring for someone with a life-threatening disease can be emotionally and physically draining. Caregivers can be a blessing.As a family caregiver, you may find yourself facing a host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. At times, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. But despite its challenges, caregiving can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one.
1.) Start with writing all the things you know now that you need to do to care for your loved one.
2.) Research with Family, friends, organizations that deal with the illness your loved one may have. Ask them to help you identify areas (their care) that you might have missed.
3.) Identify others that can help give you a break in their care. Do not try to do everything your self.
4.)Trust your instincts. Remember, you know your family member best. Don’t ignore what doctors and specialists tell you, but listen to your gut, too.
5.)Guilt – You may feel guilty for not doing more, being a “better” caregiver, having more patience, or accepting your situation with more equanimity.
6.)Grief – There are many losses that can come with caregiving (the healthy future you envisioned with your spouse or child; the goals and dreams you’ve had to set aside). If the person you’re caring for is terminally ill, you’re also dealing with that grief.