July has five Mondays, so I asked Garry to fill in for this “extra” week. Here is his question --
What is something a caregiver should know to do a better job?
I did not choose caregiving as a profession; rather, it came to me by circumstance. When Vicki’s MS had progressed to a point, I became her full-time caregiver. As the disease progresses, I realize how much I do not know about my role.
I’m sure there are many tips to help a caregiver be more effective. Searching the Internet, I personally found the following to be most helpful:
- There is no one way to care for a person; each situation is different.
- Try to make a special effort for nutritious and tasty meals.
- Help with medical, financial and legal issues.
- Be grateful.
- Maintaining a sense of humor helps.
- The wishes of the person being cared for are very important.
I know there are more. Caregivers, do you have any to add? MSers, what would you like a caregiver to know?
The question again, “What is something a caregiver should know to do a better job?”
Notes and Links:
When I first started as a caregiver, I found my daughter’s training notes for her nurse’s aide course. I wrote a post, Compassionate Caregiving.