Topic: Family Caregivers in Cancer
It's important to recognize that helping the caregiver also helps the patient.
Family caregivers usually begin caregiving without training and are expected to meet many demands without much help and often neglect his or her own quality of life by putting the patient's needs first.
The family caregiver has many roles besides giving the patient hands-on care.
He/she faces the tough job of taking on new roles and challenges as the patient's needs change over time.
The caregiver takes on different roles so that the patient gets all the information, support, and treatment he or she needs.
In addition to giving the patient hands-on care, caregivers also manage the patient's medical care, insurance claims, and bill payments, be a companion to the patient,
accompany the patient to doctor appointments, run personal errands, cook, clean, and do other housekeeping chores.
They find doctors and specialists needed and get information that may be hard to find and help
the patient connect with family, friends, neighbors, and community members.
It's important for caregivers to ask for help when they need it. Many people who were once caregivers say they did too much on their own. Some wished that they had asked for help sooner. The best time to find out where to get help is when the patient is diagnosed with cancer. All through caregiving, it’s important to watch for signs of caregiver strain and get help right away. Caregivers who take care of their own needs have the strength to carry on and be a better caregiver.
Today, many health care providers watch for signs of caregiver distress during the course of the patient's cancer treatment because; when caregiver strain affects the quality of caregiving, the patient's well-being is also affected.
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