Caregivers have many roles and these roles can evolve as the patient’s needs change during a care period. Caregivers serve as home health aides and companions. They may help feed, dress and bathe the patient. Caregivers arrange schedules, manage activities of daily living and provide transportation.
A caregiver can have a huge influence – both positive and negative – on how a patient deals with their situation. Their encouragement can help the patient stick with a demanding treatment plan and take other steps to improve their welfare, like eating healthy meals, getting physical exercise or ensuring enough rest.
Good communication with the person being cared for is the most important part of this role. It may be hard for the patient to take part in daily planning and decision-making because he or she is dealing with the physical, emotional and social effects of age, operation and/or other treatment. The caregiver’s job is to involve the patient as much as possible, so that the patient knows they are responsible for their own wellbeing.
- Here are some things we do to keep the patient involved:
- Help live as normal a life as possible.
- Encourage her to share feelings and support her efforts to share.
- Remember that people communicate in different ways.
- Take cues from the person so that we are attending to the wants of the patient.
- Be realistic and flexible about what you hope to talk about and agree on.
- Respect the need to be alone.
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