It’s easy to forget to look after yourself when caring for a loved one who is seriously/terminally ill. This article is an excellent reminder that the caregiver is just as important as the person being cared for.
A few months ago, the New Old Age blog in the New York Times ran a piece called Seeing The Invisible Patient, which cites an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) calling for health care providers to be more tuned in to the caregivers of their patients — and to be willing to provide referrals for resources that can help support them.
We’re all for that, but we don’t think it should stop there. We think caregivers themselves should be more clued in to their own needs, too.
The writer of the Times piece starts off, “Not once in the years I cared for my mother did any of her physicians ask me how I was doing. When was the last time I saw my own physician? Was I eating properly? Sleeping enough? Depressed?…Frankly, I didn’t notice their apparent lack of concern.”
When you’re caring…
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