“I could understand the pain the caregivers of my patients were going through… I would always give more time to listen to their problems…”
Dr Arnika Singhal, a doctor and a caregiver to her parents, talks about what it is to be a healthcare professional and a caregiver. She shares how her experience as a caregiver helped her empathize with the caregivers of her patients.
As she mentions, there are several challenges faced by healthcare professionals who are also family caregivers. She further talks about the gap in the healthcare system in the country and suggests ideas that can be implemented to make it easier for the caregiver to take care of their loved one.
“Keep some time off for yourself on daily basis, morning or evening… the mental health of the caregiver is equally important as the mental health of the [person] you are taking care.”
From her own experience and as a doctor, she discusses the importance of self-care for a caregiver. She advices few practical tips to stay prepared and healthy through the journey.
If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone and help them share too. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.
As a healthcare professional, sharing your opinion helps reflect and influence the healthcare system at large. You can help bring back care into healthcare for the patients, fellow professionals and the family caregivers. Our experiences and hopes can benefit others – to know that the challenges are the same, learn new ways to cope and care… they aren’t alone but part of a team.
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