FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
All Together Now
I’d like to address the healthcare professionals who
are reading this column…(family caregivers, close
your eyes). Please, remember that you have a
real partner in care in your client’s family
caregivers, and also remember that as we family
caregivers are prone to take ourselves out of the
all-important Circle of Care:
- We make sure that our loved ones get the
respite they need, but never give ourselves a
- We make sure that our loved ones have all the medical attention they need, but forgo our own basic checkups.
- We make sure that our loved ones get the nutrition they need, but only eat meals that are ordered through a clown’s mouth from a fast food drive-through lane.
We family caregivers are not only your best
in-home partners as you care for our loved ones, but
we are under great stress ourselves. So celebrate us
and help us as we care for our loved ones. Give our
loved ones the benefit of your wealth of knowledge,
talent and experience; but make sure to find out how
we’re doing, as well.
I actually know that many of you professionals
understand this reality. Most of the best care
advocates and healthcare professionals I have met
over the past fifteen years started their careers
after having cared for their loved ones themselves.
Your hearts are truly in all that you do for family
caregivers every day, and we implore you to take
care of yourselves, as well. You are as
important to us as you are to our loved ones.
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, does a
carrot a day do the same for the ophthalmologist?