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
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
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
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