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Caregiver, by definition, is ‘an individual involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks.’ On average, caregivers spend 23.7 hours per week providing care
year for family members and friends with illnesses or conditions (AARP). At Pallitus Health we consider caregivers either family or close friends of the patient, someone who aids in making decisions. They could be the obvious members: a spouse, son/daughter, or brother/sister; but they could also be a grandchild, a neighbor, or a fellow church member.

If you are a caregiver of someone with a serious or chronic illness, you know the struggles the role presents. The reality is, nearly 4 in 10 caregivers consider their caregiving situation to be highly stressful (36 percent), while an additional 28 percent report moderate emotional stress (AARP). It is important for you to understand that our team is here to help you in this role.

Caregivers are a vital part of our team. Our circle of care demonstrates how all Pallitus Health team members connect. The caregiver role is just outside the patient but inside the rest of the interdisciplinary team, labeled “Family & Friends.” If you are a caregiver, consider these tips:

  • Raise questions or concerns to the team. You know your family member better and will be providing valuable information for to the team, which will allow us to manage care.
  • Discuss finances and important decisions with your family. This includes legal paperwork, e.g., Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives.
  • Bring family and friends together to discuss the care plan and share the role with you.
  • Talk to the team and ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Remember: You can’t properly care for others if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Try activities to decompress, such as yoga, meditation, going for a walk, or watching your favorite show.

We offer an extra layer of support for anyone facing serious illness, providing care that is designed to help you make the most of each day. Pallitus Health Partners is committed to helping people in our community live better, longer. To view more resources on being a caregiver, visit our Patients & Families page.