Caregiving Tips : Giving Respect To Your Clients
An individual who helps another person during their illness (physical or psychological) with their activities of daily living, medication management etc is called a care giver. Many individuals provide care to others as a profession or as a volunteer. While most of the care givers are compassionate towards their patients and provide the best of the care required, it is easy that the patient might feel violated or ‘controlled’ when a patient is taking a lot of help from the care giver. This can be avoided and the patients can feel respected by keeping the following simple points in mind:
Taking the consent of the patient for even the small things is important. Especially when help is required in activities like dressing, bathing and sponge bath asking the patient if they can help with the activity is important .Older patients or bedridden patients need to be asked about or informed about the activity being performed like the position change or any exercises the care giver thinks is required for the patient. The need for being ‘listened to’ is a basic human trait and listening to the patient about how they feel and about their feedback makes the patients feel validated. As a caregiver, the patient’s feelings should never be dismissed with proper thought and explanation to the patient as to why it cannot be done.
When the care is provided with the above things in mind, the patient feels approved and participates in the care provided. With participation the patient not only feels in-charge of the situation and gets better faster but also the burden of care for the care giver also becomes lesser and easier. Care giver is not just someone who helps with physical activities that the patient is unable to do, but also is a friend who understands, cares, encourages and helps.