Knowledge is Power
As a caregiver, it helps to educate yourself about your loved one’s condition, treatment and prognosis. Armed with information you’ll have a better idea of what to expect, what to do, and how to plan – making you more efficient in the roles you assume. Planning ahead as much as possible will help you manage the demands on your time, which for many caregivers also includes child-rearing and employment outside the home.
One of the most important functions you’ll have as a caregiver is to monitor your loved one’s condition:
- Are they experiencing new symptoms?
- Are they responding to treatment?
- Are they experiencing side effects from medications or procedures?
- Do they seem to be stable, or getting better or worse?
Often it’s the caregiver who detects the physical and/or mental changes of HE before the person with HE notices it themselves. Earlier identification means earlier treatment, which usually results in better outcomes. So become knowledgeable about the disease, its signs and symptoms, triggers and treatment – because knowledge is power!
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