Although many caregivers are actively involved in patient care for a considerable amount of time, they may not be confident or knowledgeable sometimes about the specifics of caring for someone else while maintaining their own quality of life. In addition, thoughts of preparing for a loved one’s death and their own future bereavement after the loved one dies often lurk in the background of their daily living. Healthcare providers can be a great source of support and information for caregivers in terms of confidence building and advisement.
The National Family Caregivers Association shares the following four-point message of advice for caregivers:
1) Believe in yourself.
2) Protect your health.
3) Reach out for help.
4) Speak up for your rights.
In this video titled Caregiving: What Can I Do About It?, caregiving advocates share information on quality caregiving and how it impacts lives.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback at many booksellers and in e-book form at Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers.