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Being a Caregiver
As a caregiver, you will experience each diagnosis, treatment, side effect and test result with your loved one. You will feel a responsibility to keep the patient hopeful and strong will embarking on an emotional journey yourself. During this patrol time, it is important to discuss your loved ones needs and find the support to assess them the most effective caregivers are those who communicate well with the patient, medical team and family members. They understand the scope of caretaker rolls and will ask for help. Ultimately, the caregiver must meet their own needs in order to take care of someone else.
Communicating about Cancer Care
You will need to foster communication between the patient, medical team, family and friends. Who is the start of speaking openly with your loved one. What are their fears and worries? What are their needs and boundaries? How involved would they like you to be in their cancer care? It’s open communication will set the precedent for future conversations and decisions. As a caregiver, you can be a mediator between the patient and the cancer team. The doctor can share information with you anytime you are with your loved one, however if you ever need to get information on behalf of the patient they will need to sign a release form that gives the doctor permission to discuss their care with you.
Family members are often concerned about a patient’s cancer care. I can be a challenge to keep everyone updated, while assisting a person with cancer.
Consider ways you can dispense all information at once, like family meetings, group emails or a blog devoted to your loved one try to delegate communication responsibilities while respecting your loved ones wishes.
A few tips to help you communicate clearly:
- Express your own feelings, needs and desires and encourage the patient to express their eyes.
- ry to use “I” statements rather than “you” statements. For instance: “I need help.” Instead of “You never help me.”
Taking Care of Yourself:
Caregiver is often experience range of emotions along with the person with cancer, they can feel anger, fear, confusion, doubt and uncertainty. As a caretaker you have been thrust into a world of difficult decisions and worries I have to keep a level head. Dealing with a crisis, however takes an emotional toll on you. Just as you have encouraged your love want to meet us their stress and seek emotional support you need to do the same.
Here are some ways you can reduce stress and take care of your emotional health:
- create a support network for yourself with family and friends who will help you.
- Exercise and eat well.
- Release negative emotions through prayer journaling or meditation.
- Find a recreational time to enjoy friends socially.
It can be challenging to do all of these things during a crisis, however each of the strategies will help you to achieve balance for managing your stress.