Being a caregiver isn't easy. And yet, here you are, ready to take on one of the most important roles in your loved one's journey. Caregivers like you help us do our jobs better every step of the way. When we evaluate a patient to determine whether they're a good candidate for a transplant, knowing you're there helps make our decision easier. When we discharge a patient after surgery, we rest easier knowing you're there to help keep them on track. And in the moments when we can’t be there, you are. Lending a listening ear. Wiping tears. Encouraging them to keep fighting.
What to Expect as a Caregiver
Nurse. Driver. Friend. Errand Runner. Personal chef. As a caregiver, you wear a lot of hats. Here are some things you might expect in your role as caregiver:
- Scheduling and driving to and from doctor's appointments
- Advocating for your loved one by communicating with our medical team and the insurance company
- Keeping patients on their strict medication schedules
- Helping them follow dietitian orders through grocery shopping and meal preparation
- Providing assistance with everyday tasks they may not physically be able to perform themselves, like bathing, using the restroom and getting dressed
- Acting as a point of contact for friends and family
- Managing finances
- Helping them care for their post-surgical needs
- Holding them accountable for taking care of their new organ, post-transplant
Helpful Resources for Caregivers
We know that, right now, it may seem like your whole world revolves around taking care of someone else. But it's just as important to make time to care for yourself. Here are some tips to help you balance your needs with your loved ones'.
- Ask for help when you need it. Accept help when it's offered.
- Be realistic about what you can and can't do.
- Ask your employer about paid leave.
- Look for caregiver resources in your area, whether it's meal delivery or transportation assistance.
- Stay on top of your own health. Keep routine doctor's visits. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly.