Wednesday, October 14, 2015

~A Caregiver's Voice~

As a Caregiver, there are many observations to make and conclusions to draw about how life is proceeding when caring for another. 

Consider taking notes or keep a journal for future reference. Don't hesitate to question anything and everything concerning the care that's being provided, in particular, if the patient or family is relying on you as a patient advocate. All questions and feedback expressed to the medical team and family members are important. Your intuition and opinions are valuable as a Caregiver because you may witness things that they may not see. 

At the end of my Mom's life, we had Caregivers 'round the clock, 24/7, because the needs were so great. I built strong relationships with all of them because I understood the importance of everybody being on the same page. Their input was valuable and appreciated. 

I encourage you to share your views with all the people involved in your loved one's care, both family members and professionals. Your voice matters too and can make a big difference in the comfort and health of the one being cared for.

No regrets looking back because we did everything we could to make a difference, including speaking up when the clock is ticking and time is of the essence. The slippery slope of emotions may and can be large, but your voice of reason can override turmoil in the midst of the storm. I believe in you. You're doing a good job finding your way. I support you in all your efforts. 

All in the name of Love, Carole

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