Caring for your Loved One
Caring for a dying person in the family isn’t an easy task. You have to accept the diagnosis you have received from the doctor, and at the same time help your loved one to accept it. You also have the responsibility of making decisions for the patient when he/she is no longer able to do so.
Communicating with your loved one
Communication involves talking, listening and ‘being there’ for the person; with a sympathetic ear. Showing patience and compassion, especially when the patient is expressing his/her anger or frustration, can help them cope with their fears and insecurities.
Ways to offer care to your loved one:
Role in Decision Making
Current medical technology gives us many ways to sustain lives of patients with terminal illness for a long time. Some people want every possible treatment medical science can offer in every situation while others may not opt for expensive options to prolong life during the end stages. In either ways, the caregiver plays a vital role in decision-making for the patient, more so when the patient is physically or mentally incapable of taking decision for him/herself.
Some aspects in which you will need to be involved in decision making are: