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
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 patient's care.
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
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