CAREGIVERS COUNT 365
One of the most challenging situations that a caregiver can face is when your loved one is hospitalized. A hospitalization can be confusing to everyone involved, the patient, the hospital staff, and the caregiver. The patient is confused, disoriented and afraid. The change in environment, the disruptions and the new faces of the medical staff, not to mention coping with the medical procedures attempting to be performed, is frightening. The staff comes to the patient with questions, which more often than not, they cannot answer effectively. The staff is focused on obtaining information about the patient and creating and following treatment protocols quickly. The caregiver is in the position of trying to be a support to their loved one and to the medical staff’s efforts to complete tasks. The patient with dementia needs constant bedside support, which is provided most efficiently by family. Being present allows family to communicate the capabilities of your loved one.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” ─1 Peter 4:8-10