Excellent insight from our friend Gary Barg of Today’s Caregiver.
1. Attention: The caregiver’s loved one may be the 27th similar case you’ve seen today; but to the caregiver, this is Mom or Dad, Sister or Lover.
2. Compassion: Be diligent in its application.
3. Time: A few moments of your undivided time is some of the strongest medicine you’ll ever administer—and it costs so very little.
4. Respect: The person pushing the wheelchair is also part-time bookkeeper, psychologist, dietitian, insurance and incontinence expert, and a full-time general in the war they are waging with this illness. They not only need your respect, they DESERVE it.
5. Dedication: Be relentless in your devotion to your craft. The caregiver has entrusted you with their most valuable asset—their loved one. You earn that trust with your skill, knowledge base and ability.
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