Have you ever wondered what the other people in your senior loved one’s health care team think of you? Since you as the Family Caregiver play an intricate role in your loved one’s life, there are many times you come in contact with professionals who are providing services. There may be times you feel as if you are in the way or you may wonder if there is more you can do to help your loved one’s nursing aid. Understanding these dynamics and the role you need to place in these interactions can help you navigate this new approach to caring for your loved one.
In a recent study, researchers surveyed home health nurses and nurse aids and found that nurses are thankful for caregivers and what they do for their loved ones. Still, there were things some nurses wished caregivers knew more about to ease the process and be more successful. Let’s take a look at this list and how you can use it to your advantage.
Top 10 Things Your Loved One’s Nurse Thinks about Family Caregivers
- Nurses see Family Caregivers as helpers.
- Nurses know you are available to help with transportation, groceries, daily tasks and grooming.
- Nurses understand and respect that Family Caregivers are not paid for their time and services and provide their support because they love their family member.
- Nurses see Family Caregivers as people who provide much needed emotional support and companionship.
- Family Caregivers are helpful in providing patients with medications.
- Nurses are aware that Family Caregivers cannot be expected to perform tasks that should only be provided by trained professionals.
- Nurses feel that senior loved ones benefit from having a Family Caregiver along on doctor’s appointments, shopping trips and social gatherings.
- Family Caregivers often experience emotional stress due to caring for a senior loved one facing medical problems.
- Nurses feel it is beneficial to meet with a Family Caregiver regularly to discuss their loved one’s needs, progress, routine and any issues that may arise.
- Nurses are more than happy to answer medical questions and address concerns that the Family Caregiver may have about their loved ones’ care.
Having a good relationship with your loved one’s nurse is a very important tool to have as a Family Caregiver. Not only are they providing medical treatment, but they can also be a source of information because of their professional background. They can also ease the stress of caregiving by offering services inside your loved one’s home, eliminating the need for overnight hospital stays or frequent trips to the doctor’s office.
At Freudenthal Home Health, a professional nursing staff is trained on all aspects of in home care. For more information on how our nurses can be your partner in caregiving, contact us today at 816-676-8050.