Caregiver Tips

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The Caregiver Connection

The best caregivers are ever-conscious of the moods and attitude of their patient. It is appropriate to modify your method of engagement depending on how the patient is feeling that day. For instance, one day your patient may be angry or upset. In these situations, it is helpful for caregivers to speak in a soothing tone that can help the patient calm down. Likewise, if a patient is happy, rejoice in happiness with them! Always remember that eye contact shows that the caregiver is genuinely paying attention.

Listen and Learn

Patient are always giving caregivers hints about how you can better understand their illness and make them more comfortable. It’s important to not interrupt the patient and let them speak their heart.  If you are not familiar with the patient’s condition, ask them. Do a little research and learn about the challenges that certain illnesses can bring about. It is your job as a caregiver to make sure that whatever the circumstances, your patient has a strong and compassionate companion to help them in their time of need. You can ask other caregivers about their experiences to avoid pitfalls and know what to expect.

Caregiver Support

All that attention and compassion for others can drain the caregiver. Caregiver support groups are a great resource to utilize for those seeking others who understand what it’s like to be a caregiver. There are even online support groups if your schedule or other factors prevent you from attending physical meetings. There are also many different types of support groups. If one caregiver support group doesn’t work, don’t be discouraged. You will eventually find those who are dealing with the exact same questions as yourself.

 

 

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