Compassionate Care Giving, A Resource

May 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Caregivers, do we realize all they provide? It is so much more than simply taking care of a patient. A caregiver not only helps a person suffering from cancer with their day-to-day struggles, but also absorbs the fears, the stress and the worry that comes with dealing with a sometimes-fatal illness.

Since most caregivers tend to be a family member, it can become very overwhelming. A family caregiver often needs support in dealing with the daily stresses of taking care of their loved one and there are numerous resources for care giving support groups in the LA area even if it’s simply to vent or blow off some steam.

Knowing about Attendant Health Care Agencies and having the right information is crucial in educating yourself and family members when choosing to hire a caregiver. Remember this is a person coming into your home with whom you are putting your faith and trust into. He or she is going to be by your side during the most difficult time of your life. A few things to look for in a caregiver is someone who is in good mental/physical shape and with a well-versed knowledge of the specific disease of cancer. A good caregiver should be comfortable dealing with the patient’s medical staff and be familiar with the patient’s personal history so in the event of an emergency he/she can provide the correct information.

Whether its help with skilled needs such as drawing blood or tube feedings which requires an RN or LVN or unskilled needs such as bathing or simple companionship, a caregiver needs to demonstrate dependability, patience, and compassion.

If you yourself are in the grips of cancer and do not currently have a caregiver, there is help available. Or if anyone you know needs the assistance of a caregiver or you are a person caring for someone with cancer and need additional support, you are not alone. The social worker at Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line is available to give you the information you need to either find a caregiver or find caregiver support groups.

Please pick up the phone and call Ronnie Lippin Cancer Resource Information Line – 877-RCL-2120 or go online http://www.lacancerinfo.org.

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