Caregiving is about having the patience and empathy to help people in their most vulnerable states. Great caregiving respects and dignifies the lives of people have built and lived, and strives to enrich their day-to-day experience wherever possible.
As we age, most of us want to enjoy retirement in a comfortable, familiar setting – home. Sometimes, however, we need help. Often a family member or loved one can be that support to your quality of life. Sometimes, it’s necessary to have assistance from a professional caregiver, caregiving adds tremendous quality to the lives of everyone involved. One of the most critical situations we face is hospital stays. Although our health-care system can provide great care and our family’s support is critical, to ensure that we or our loved one is consistently advocated for and engaged often requires additional support. Caregivers are ideally suited to provide this support as well.
Care giving is a complex health care activity from an informal family level activity and it is becoming a major part of the health care.There are limited alternative institutional facilities and welfare support for those with standing illness, such as mental disorders, chronic illness, life style disease like diabetic problems and cancer.
Most families thus prefer to take care of the ill person at all stages of illness. However, the larger societal changes are placing significant demands on the Care Givers.
Strengthening the workforce to better reflect the expected required standards is challenging.
Care Giving and Care Givers should be an integral part of the health care all over the world, in India as well, especially during this post covid era. Care Givers have been seen as an alternative to meet the “unmet” healthcare.
It is high time to recognise the need of the caregivers as there is no organised system to regulate the
Caregivers constantly think about caring for others — but few people think about caring for caregivers. Yet caring for caregivers is absolutely critical, as it can help them manage the potential problems that can be caused by the chronic mental and physical stress of caregiving. The Importance of Caregiver Education, is the effective ways to help ensure optimum care providing care for a loved one, particularly someone with critical illness like Alzheimer’s disease / dementia/ or any other disease can be challenging.
Learning about the disease and knowing what to expect can help caregivers feel more in control and better able to plan ahead. It is also important for family caregivers to learn ways to manage stress and care for themselves in the midst of caring for a loved one.Developing ways to help caregivers become educated about the disease, improve flexibility in responding to caregiving demands, and learn a variety of practical strategies can help.
Communication is key element in the relationship between a caregiver and a patient. It is important to both openly share feelings and remain empathetic to the situation. Medical Care. Caregivers must be present, take notes, ask questions and assist loved ones in making decisions with the care team.
In honour of November being National Family Caregivers Month, we wanted to highlight the importance of family caregivers. A family caregiver is a person who provides any type of physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. Loved ones in need of care include those suffering from a physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or other condition. In most cases, the primary caregiver is a spouse, partner, parent or adult child. Caregivers often take on the responsibilities of the patient while still providing for themselves and other family members. Some important tasks and roles of a caregiver are:
Advocate: Sometimes patients are not completely forthcoming with their physical or emotional needs and tend to downplay their pain when speaking with doctors. Caretakers play an important role in honest communication between doctors and patients by upholding patient preferences for treatment options when the patient cannot or will not speak for him or herself.
Personal Care: Caregivers may help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting, or arranging child care.
Household Tasks: Caregivers are often in charge of preparing meals, doing chores or laundry, shopping for groceries or paying bills.
Emotional Support: When faced with a serious diagnosis, patients are often overwhelmed by the emotional and physical turmoil. Caregivers are tasked with the important duty of providing support and encouragement for the patients as well as themselves. Communication is key in the relationship between a caregiver and a patient. It is important to both openly share feelings and remain empathetic to the situation.
Medical Care: Caregivers must be present, take notes, ask questions and assist loved ones in making decisions with the care team. They may also be responsible for administering, ordering, and picking up medication, providing transportation to appointments, and dealing with scheduling, billing, or insurance issues. Caregivers may also assist with other medical processes such as physical therapy, injections, feeding tubes, etc.
The demand for the Caregivers is enormous, we would like to thank all of those who aid in the care of those in need as the true value of caregivers far exceeds any monetary worth.
The last concern, about most individuals have when they or their loved ones are dealing with a health situation is ensuring effective communication between their doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care providers. However, poor communication between well-intentioned professionals and an expectation that patients themselves will remember and relate critical information that can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening situations.
We addressed this scenario to help you better understand transitional challenges and empower you as part of the caregiving team.
In most cases, the primary caregiver is a spouse, partner, parent or adult child. Caregivers often take on the responsibilities of the patient while still providing for themselves and other family members.
It must be made possible to develop systems of Training, support and supervision. Most of the past efforts have been based on information sharing and there is the need to develop and share specific skills of care.
There is the need to develop necessary educational materials for each of the problems and generalcare in a culturally and linguistically suitable manner. It would be an accomplishment of the “unmet” need of the day.
It would provide the opportunity to build upon the strength of care giving commitments to fulfil the requirement of skilled personnel with the real competence, scientifically.
There is a life after any chronic situation. Not only the care helps with the needs and treatment but takes decisions on critical issues offering emotional support too. The care giver applies a soothing balm to the lacerated Psyche of the patient. While the Doctor treats the patient’s physical sickness, the care giver restores the patient’s shattered self-confidence and morale.
Care giving and Caregivers thus form as the integral part of health care, the world over. Considering the utmost importance of the scene, in the current scenario, and the fact that the trained care givers have a lot of the job opportunities in the domestic and international scene. Aman Group takes as a challenge to provide a cadre of trained Care givers to provide quality care through their Intensive Training program with Internship and certification.