What is the role of a caregiver in a patient’s life? | Connie Weddell
The job of a caregiver is supposed to be the personification of a combination of empathy, trust, and responsibility. A caregiver is more than simply someone who helps with non-medical duties regularly. They offer a consistent and dependable company. Their job is to watch patients and provide them with someone to talk to, someone they can be comfortable with. Someone who has a therapeutic effect on their health.
As a caregiver, you must be here when your patient is under observation. Such so that you can take notes by asking relevant questions, and help relatives in making decisions. Often they are in charge of administering, ordering, and picking up medicines, providing transportation to appointments, and dealing with scheduling, billing, or insurance difficulties. Connie Weddell says in the book, You’re There for Him, I’m There for You that some caregivers also assist with other medical procedures which may include giving physical therapy, injecting medicine, or fixing feeding tubes, and other such tasks.
In addition to seeing the medical conditions of their patient, they have a much wider role to play. When conversing with doctors, patients are sometimes not entirely honest about their physical or emotional requirements, and they prefer to downplay their discomfort. Here caregivers play a vital role in maintaining open communication between physicians and patients by defending patient preferences for treatment alternatives when the patient is unable or unable to speak for himself or herself.
When confronted with a severe diagnosis, patients are sometimes overwhelmed by mental and physical anguish. Caregivers have the essential responsibility of supporting and encouraging patients as well as themselves. In the connection between a caregiver and a patient, communication is essential. It is critical to express sentiments honestly while remaining sympathetic to the circumstance.
Furthermore, loneliness and a sense of alienation are frequent concerns that contribute to a worse quality of life for many patients. While family visits and social events are common, many patients feel lonely in between engagements. It is here they need companionship — and here is where caregivers come into play.
They should engage their patients in conversations and may even offer suggestions for new interests or ways to make new acquaintances. This type of emotional support system enables their patients to continue to enjoy social parts of their lives.
All in all, a caregiver is a doctor, a therapist, and above all a friend to their patient. As their support can bring someone back to life. Patients already struggling with an illness need comfort that lies beyond medical caregiving. They need someone who would understand them. Some who can share and elevate their pain. Of course, it would be far-fetched to say that caregivers can cure their patients 100%. However, love and attention make things easier for anyone who is struggling. A sense of having someone out there for you motivates them to struggle for their life. They may not be cured entirely but they cope up significantly through active conversations about the experience, the pressures, the highs and lows, and overall support.