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Caregiver Traits

Acknowledging the Special traits of Caregivers

Compassion

Trying to understand what the loved one is experiencing and responding to that. Natural empathy and compassion –  gentleness draws us together.

Patience

“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.

Flexibility

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.

ASCO –  Cancer.Net Article to support caregivers in a stressful time: