FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /Giving
Believe it or not, 2007
is right around the corner, it is hard to fathom that we are
almost a decade into the new century. The New Year may
offer us new hopes and wishes, but it also allows us to take
a moment to reassess the things we need from the other
members of our loved ones care team:
Top Ten Things a Caregiver Needs
from a Health Care Provider
Attention. The caregiverís
loved one may be the twenty-first similar case youíve
seen today, but to the caregiver, this is Mom or Dad,
sister or brother.
Compassion. Be diligent in
Time. A few moments of your
uninterrupted time is some of the strongest medicine you
will ever administer and it costs so very little.
Respect. The person pushing
the wheelchair is also a part-time bookkeeper,
therapist, insurance specialist, immediate medical
expert, chauffer, psychologist, pharmacist, incontinence
specialist and full-time general in the war being waged
against the illnesses and diseases that their loved ones
are battling. This person not only needs your respect,
he or she deserves it.
Dedication. Be relentless in
your devotion to your calling. The caregiver has
entrusted you with his or her most valuable asset Ė a
loved one. You earn that trust with your skill,
knowledge and ability
Honesty. The caregiver is
your partner in this endeavor; he or she deserves (and
can handle) the truth.
disclosure of the truth is a true test of a caring
Advocacy. Never accept less
than the best your system has to offer the caregiverís
Understanding. The caregiver
plays a pivotal role in the well-being of your patient;
understanding the needs, wishes and fears of the
caregiver improves your patientís care.
Your well-being. Know your emotional limit and learn
when to ask for help. Your loved ones and the
caregiverís loved ones need you to remain well.