If you have a loved one who’s just been diagnosed with a disease, has recently become injured, or is just need more care and support as they go through a tough mental or physical time, you might be wondering how you can brush up on your caregiving skills so that you can give them exactly what they need during this time. Luckily, with the right knowledge and mindset, you can become a more qualified and well equipped caregiver.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for becoming a caregiver to a newly-sick loved one.
Learn All You Can About Their Diagnosis
Before you can hope to offer the type of care that your loved one will need, you first have to learn everything that you can about their diagnosis and the state that they’re in. Read all the literature available to you, and speak to their doctor so that you can get all of your questions answered.
If you learn that you’ll need specialized equipment in your home now, like a breathing machine or a chiller to keep medicines cold, make sure you secure this equipment as soon as possible. And if you’ll have to learn how to do things like change bandages or give sponge baths, try to learn the best ways to do these tasks as well.
Not only will learning all you can about their diagnosis help you to give them the exact type of care that they need, but it can also help you to be a better advocate for their health when certain decisions need to be made.
Make Comfort The Priority
When someone is going through a tough time mentally and physically, the priority really should be on helping to make them as comfortable as possible. With this in mind, try to make sure that everything you do to care for them is done through this scope, as much as possible. There will be times where something painful needs to be done for their ultimate growth and health, but try to follow those times with added comfort so that they are in a good mental and physical space to heal.
Work Within Your Own Strengths And Weaknesses
While caregiving will likely take over a big portion of your life for now, it’s going to be helpful for you to remember that you can’t be everything to your loved one. You have your own strengths and weaknesses that you’ll need to work with, even when it comes to caregiving.
So when something comes up that you simply don’t understand or can’t handle all on your own, reach out to people who can assist you. Setting appropriate limits for what you can and can’t do as a caregiver will help to ensure that your loved one gets the best possible care and that you don’t burn yourself out trying to do too much.
If you have a loved one that you’re going to need to become a caregiver for, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you thrive in this new role.