Top Ten Things a Caregiver needs from a Health Care Provider

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 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 remain well.


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