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My Editorial Petard
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In that light, I would like to extend
the conversation by adding a few rules for medical
professionals when dealing with caregivers and our loved
generalize when talking about our loved ones. All AIDS
caregivers are not gay and all Alzheimer’s caregivers
are not elderly.
talking to us and our loved ones, no matter what the
degree of our loved one’s mental acuity, look directly
at both of us.
appropriate touch (i.e., on the shoulder) shows your
concern better than staring at your charts.
Looking us in the eye when greeting us with a warm
handshake can go far to show us how much you care.
address your patient or client by name, not “Sweetie,” “Dear,” or some other such phrase. Not using a person’s name can be seen as condescending or even disrespectful.
It is vitally important to share the best applications
of your medical knowledge base, but it is also good
medicine to share your heart.