If you have tended to a sick person, be it your kid or old parents, you are aware that caregiving is not just another task. The responsibilities might go beyond the call of the duty.Caregiving is about tending to a sick, old or disabled person who depends on the caregiver for most of their physical and emotional needs.
Let’s look at some of the key responsibilities of caregivers:
If you are in-charge of a patient, then the foremost thing would be to dig into the person’s illness and know his/her state of health and mind. You could be taking care of a patient suffering from ailments such as Alzheimer, cancer, chronic disease, disability caused by accidents etc. Some diseases will have longer treatment period, while some might not have any cure, so it is important to prepare yourself to deal with the situations accordingly.
As a caregiver, it’s crucial to be informed about any emergency that may arise because of the ailment. If you see the patient suffering from an illness has caused pain, rashes, lesions, swelling, breathing difficulties, you must get in touch with the doctor or follow the procedures as told. If the patient has chronic illness, then he/she at some point might express emotions such as anger and anxiety,leadingto physical violence, exhaustion, depression, etc. However, the reactions may vary depending on the illness, its prognosis, and the extent to which it has impeded his/her ability to function. It’s important to know how to deal with such a patient in such conditions.
If you looking after an Alzheimer patient then you should know that it affects the cognitive functions over time. Such a patient would require care and assistance in daily living, so you should be prepared to take on responsibilities such as cleaning, bathing, making beds, doing dishes, laundry, cleaning kitchen and bathroom, and especially maintaining sanitation. One of the most important tasks would be to assist the patient with medication.
Gaining insights about his/her emotions and feelings will help you interact and deal efficiently. Most people look for companionship in a caretaker because they might be living away from family or loved ones. Some even go into isolation to recover from the disease or avoid any form of negativity. So the onus will be on you to care for his/her needs and bring positivity.
Job of a caregiver could be demanding as it requires tending to the needs of patients any time of the day. For those who like lending ears to others sorrow and go to any extent to help the needy, it could the most gratifying and rewarding experiences.