eCampus Rural Health IN THE DIVISION OF GENERAL MEDICAL DISCIPLINES

Family Caregiver Guide

[photo] patient in hospital

If you are reading this, you or someone you care about is likely struggling with some illness. Ensuring that your loved one gets the best possible care is very important to you right now.  You are hoping for the best possible outcome.

Serious illness is scary for patients and families.  While many great advances have been made in modern medicine, the healthcare system is often confusing and frustrating.

One or more doctors are taking care of your loved one and likely ordering many diagnostics tests and procedures. You are likely feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of medical information you are getting.  It can be difficult to figure out what is going on and how best to help your loved-one. 

Being a family member of someone who is very sick is also exhausting.  Your everyday life has been turned upside down.  It is easy to neglect your own needs.  In order to help and care for someone else you also need to take care of yourself. This guide offers practical advice for how to support your loved-one, your family, and yourself during this time of stress.

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