Caring for the Caregiver
“A CALL TO CARE”
Acknowledging the Special traits of Caregivers
Trying to understand what the loved one is experiencing and responding to that.Natural empathy and compassion – gentleness draws us together.
“Patience is a virtue” – still remains true! Patience while caregiving enhances calmness to be able to help with treatment side effects and pain management.
Dependability / Reliability
Our loved ones are depending on us to travel in the treatment journey with them as much as possible. Being dependable is a balancing act with trying to remain independent. Making a plan on how we will be there with our loved one is key to day to day/week to week routine so that we remain reliable and dependable to follow through caregiving commitment.
Great routines established . . . may from time to time require change. Here again, reliability and flexibility are a balance. Moods, care needs, abilities, behaviors – all play a part in the “routine.” Empathy and patience come into play once again.
Ask for Help
Being a caregiver to a family member is rewarding, can be challenging at times – taking a break is a way to refresh and reboot! Accepting a helping hand is good for you, your loved one, and is rewarding for the person who is offering to help. Giving ourselves “permission” to take a break reinforces our desire to continue our compassion, empathy, flexibility, dependability/reliability.
Honoring our Loved One by Loving What We Can do to Contribute/Enhance their quality of life in the Cancer Journey
is something that always remains with us – it is part of who we are.
who we will always be.
You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits by Jane Heller. Caring for an ill spouse is never easy, but Heller, with help from some celebrity friends and caregiving experts, successfully chronicles the lighter side of the 20 years she has spent caring for her husband, who has severe Crohn’s disease.
As a go-to source for answers, this book is a helpful tool for cancer caregivers of every kind. This book in one sentence: Designed to cover a host of topics on caregiving, The American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Family Caregiving, Second Edition gives caregivers detailed information, helpful support, and practical answers to questions that may arise while caring for a loved one facing cancer.
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