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Top Ten Things a Caregiver Needs from
a Health Care Provider
by Gary Barg
1. Attention: The caregiver's loved
one may be the 27th similar case you've seen today, but
to the caregiver this is Mom or Dad, Sister or Lover.
2. Compassion: Be diligent in its application.
3. Time: A few moments of your undivided time is some of
the strongest medicine you'll ever administer -- and it
costs so very little.
4: Respect: The person pushing the wheelchair is also
part-time bookkeeper, psychologist, dietitian, insurance
and incontinence expert and a full time general in the
war they are waging with this illness. They not only
need your respect, they DESERVE it.
5: Dedication: Be relentless in your devotion to your
craft. The caregiver has entrusted you with their most
valuable asset - their loved one. You earn that trust
with your skill, knowledge base and ability.
6: Honesty: The caregiver is your partner in this
endeavor, they deserve (and can handle) the truth.
7: Prudence: The graceful administration of the truth is
a true test of a caring professional.
8: Advocacy: Never accept less than the best your system
has to offer their loved one.
9: Understanding: The caregiver plays a pivotal role in
the well-being of your patient, understanding the needs,
wishes and fears of the caregiver improves your
10: Your well-being: Know your emotional limit and learn
when to ask for help. Your loved ones as well as the
caregiver's loved one need you to remain well.