Caregivers become the eyes, ears and voices for their care receivers as they voice their loved ones’ concerns and make sure that the medical providers understand them. Caregivers also lend their eyes and ears to the medical providers. Because caregivers know more about their loved ones’ situation than the medical providers, it is important that they continuously observe and communicate changes in the care receiver’s physical, mental, behavioral and emotional health.
While it may be tempting to dismiss a change as too slight or subtle to be of immediate importance, observing and sharing even subtle changes can make a huge difference in the care given to the care receivers. One way to manage this effectively is to maintain a log that gives date, time and type of changes observed. It is also helpful to record any questions that may occur in connection to the observed changes. And, finally, caregivers should listen to their inner voice that may be urging them to seek immediate answers to the questions they have. Getting questions answered as soon as possible could result in keeping loved ones more independent and living longer.BACK TO LIST