The person who takes care of a patient rather takes care of anyone, without any monetary benefits is known as a caregiver. In most of the cases, a caregiver is often a family member, a relative or a friend. However, nowadays paid caregivers are also there, for the people who are either alone or who do not have their families to look after them.
Now taking about cancer, it is a terminal disease, which not only stings a person physically but also mentally drains the person as well as his family. A cancer patient needs to be treated differently and needs more attention than other patients need. It does not mean that other patients must be neglected. A good caregiver is one who supports the patient both physically, mentally as well as emotionally.
Most of the patients are not treated in the hospitals; they are rather taken to some treatment centers or their own home. Because the atmosphere of the hospitals do not let the patients recover, that’s the reason these centers are chosen over hospitals. So the patients who are being treated in such centers need full time caregivers who take care of their basic needs.
A caregiver has many roles to play. They have to create a homely atmosphere, they have to help the patient with his dress, has to feed him, help him with bathing. Also, a care giver has to look after the health insurance policies, as ones health is of utmost importance, health is wealth and one must opt for a healthy lifestyle so that one can prevent certain problems to endanger one’s life.
We all know that a cancer patient is going through a lot so is the caregiver, he has to look after the patient along with that he has to look after his own needs as well. The duty of a caregiver is not a cakewalk. In cases where the care giver is a family member it becomes really difficult, as he goes through a roller coaster of emotions and has to still be strong and has to go on.
Caregivers face emotional distress, as care giving can be annoying and hurting at the same time. The caregivers are often found to be in depression, anxiety, etc. care givers have a sense of satisfaction as the care for their loved one who is under tremendous pain and trauma.
However, the job of a caregiver is very difficult but it gives them utmost satisfaction, it augments one’s life and one might perceive an unfathomable sense of confidence and achievement in taking care of their patients. They bring out the best in their patients, the things even the patients are unaware that they possess.
Caregivers play n number of roles, one out of which is that it can be said that it gives rise to new relationships and friendships. Not only had this they are said to bring the loved ones closer and thicker.