“This too shall pass…a difficult day is not forever and there is always the opportunity for things to get better. And we can put plans in place during the difficult days that help us get to better days.”
Things to do in times of uncertainty (03:07 – 19:20)
“Every worry needs a plan…talking about a worry, writing it out so that you have some plan in place.”
Caregivers are feeling helpless and confused during this time of lockdown and isolation. One way to overcome this is to prepare ahead. Theresa Wilbanks, a Certified Caregiving Consultant is the primary caregiver of her 98 year old father. While sharing her experience she mentions feeling out of control and helpless. So planning ahead makes her feel more empowered. Planning can make one confident. It is also a good time to discuss one’s worries with someone. Having a support group can also help a caregiver feel that the situation is in their control.
Handling the patient during quarantine (19:20 – 19:50)
“You do your best but things can still happen…they are out of our control, but if we’ve done our best then we know that it’s not our fault.”
Caregivers fear that they are unintentionally going to be the cause of their patient’s death. This is a good time to talk to the patient regarding what to do if they get the virus. Explain that at some point they might require professional help. Try to make their surroundings comfortable and talk to them about what would they like to do. Denise Brown asked her parents what would they want to do if they showed symptoms of COVID-19. Having this conversation helped her understand her parent’s needs.
Taking care of yourself (19:50 – 25:03)
“Trying to asses why I am worried, break that down and being mindful.”
To keep the patient healthy, the caregiver must also stay fit. Boosting one’s immune system at this time is crucial. Following a good diet, getting sound sleep and regular exercise can help keep one’s immunity up, while practicing mindfulness helps keep ones emotions in check.
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