The Importance of Being a Caregiver
Caring for Someone Living with Kidney Disease
A caregiver is one that provides any form of physical or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. Whether they are the spouse, partner, parent, or child — their role as caregiver is more critical than most realize.
When patients lack personal strength and health, a caregiver will help with activities such as dressing, bathing, and more. From helping wash and brush hair to picking out clothes, every little bit of help can make a world of difference.
Sometimes cleaning, food shopping, and other important daily tasks can be too exhausting when you are undergoing dialysis. Luckily, a caregiver can help you keep up with the daily to-do’s. From folding a load of laundry to preparing your meals, a caregiver is there to assist you around the home.
The most vital part of having a caregiver is the emotional support that comes along with it. Studies show that the one-on-one time between a caregiver and their patient helps create a special bond and that companionship is vital to everyone’s overall health.
Helping with Medical Care
A caregiver helps to stay on top of health care matters. Reminders to make appointments, as well as transportation to those appointments, is invaluable. Caregivers are also essential in prescription pickups as well as tracking and ensuring medication is taken on schedule.
Caregivers make life easier and more enjoyable and should be celebrated for all they do to improve the lives of patients living with a chronic condition.