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It's Not Easy To Be A Caregiver For An Ill Spouse

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

December 16, 2019

Seven suggestions to be a better caregiver:

  1. Have frank conversations with them about their illness.

  2. Respect the patient's privacy.

  3. You have to be a good listener. Envision yourself in their shoes.

  4. Be a good navigator.

  5. Respect the patient and their control. They are ultimately the ones who have the biggest influence on what happens.

  6. You need to be a strong advocate for the patient's healthcare team.

  7. Try to understand the illness as much as possible.

Seven myths about home health care costs:

  1. The costs of healthcare are only financial.

  2. Discussing finances can be put off until the care is needed.

  3. You can't afford a caregiver, therefore, you won't get one.

  4. All home help is covered by insurance.

  5. Minimal caregiving expenses come along with home care.

  6. Caregiving won't influence your finances.

  7. The costs of home health care can be easily calculated.

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