5 True Facts about Caregivers
1) Caregivers oftern understimate the amount of work a homebound patient requires
Having a relative at home generates a tremendous amount of work and a busy schedule. Bathing, medication management to name a few are just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the household also needs attention. This implies tha the caregiver is always under pressure and works a lot.
2) Caregivers are often not trained enough before taking the job
Unless one is medically trained prior, caregivers are barely tought at the hospital before discharge. Too often they are vaguely told what they should do. So once home they have a tedency to improvise. Their technique and sklls are sometimes wrong and their lack of knowledge can cause extra suffering or prolong the patient’s recovery. Plenty of caregivers course exist and are free/sponsored. The investiment of time and effort is really worth it to sustain the well being of both, the caregiver as well as the patient.
3) Caregivers are emotionally drained
Everyone thinks of comforting the patient but very few think about asking the caregiver how he or she is doing. Does he or she need extra help at home or an emotional support. ? Let’s not forget that caregivers are grieving the sickness as well. They not only have to manage the day to day but they keep giving good energy to the patient, forgetting themselves. The heavy routine is very tiring. They should be asked as much as the patient how they are doing as much and they must seek for professional help when ever required.
4) Caregivers tend to forget to also take care of themselves
When one is taken in the turnmoil of caring for a sick loved one. The loved one becomes a priority. As a consequence, the caregiver is going to give himself or herself less attention, maybe skip a meal or wake up several time during the night to make sure everything is fine with the patient. Most of the time, the caregiver is feeling guilty if he or she takes a break or time for himself or herself. This is a serious mistake because caring for someone at home is a bit like running a marathon. It lasts and one must make sure to manage his or her strenths in the long run and not to feel guilty to do so.
5) Caregivers health must be closely monitored as much as the patient’s
The Singapore Governement has put up a wonderful program for caregivers. Basically caregivers are sponsored for regular health screening to make sure they remain fit and healthy. Most of the time the patient is closely monitored but his or her caregiver is not doing the basic regular check up forgetting that their health is as important to sustain the care.
More information abou the Singapore programm for caregivers : http://www.silvercaregivers.org.sg