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.