Being a caregiver can be immensely satisfying and incredibly challenging at the same time. Caregiving calls on you to care for someone you love, acquire new skills, educate yourself about serious illnesses—and learn how to take care of yourself, too.
When your seriously ill loved one comes home from the hospital, they become your loved one and your patient. Suddenly, you assume caregiving responsibility for a hospice patient who is very important to you. This basic information can help.
If you’re the primary caregiver of a loved one, you are not alone. Today in America, millions of people are providing care in the home to a seriously ill or disabled loved one. We’ve compiled a library of articles to provide support and information as your fulfill your stressful yet rewarding role as caregiver.
Caregiving calls on you to care for someone you love, acquire new skills, educate yourself about serious illnesses—and learn how to take care of yourself, too. Get the insights and guidance you need to be both a supportive caregiver and well-balanced human being.
If you find yourself unexpectedly providing care to a loved one or friend facing a serious illness, declining slowly from a chronic disease or nearing the end of life, help is available from a hospice team and advice from other caregivers.
Care Where You Need It
When someone is terminally ill, family members and loved ones need to communicate with each other in order to make the best end-of-life care decisions.
To help you start that conversation, we’ve made this guide, filled with questions, conversation topics and issues that will help your family know what to expect.