Primary caregivers are essential to hospice care. It is the caregiver’s commitment that enables a loved one to remain in his or her home during the final months of life. Caring for a family member or friend is not easy, nor is it something for which most of us are prepared.
End-of-life caregivers say that, although the caregiving journey is not an easy one, there are opportunities for finding meaning and purpose along the way. One caregiver likened caregiving at life’s end to a hike up a steep mountain: “The path may get rocky, the weather may turn dark, you may lose your stamina at times, but the view along the way will affect you in profound, life-changing ways.” When you reach the end of this journey, many caregivers say, you realize that the difficulty of the journey made the view that much more beautiful.
Being a caregiver can be emotionally demanding, physically challenging, and sometimes overwhelming. For this reason, the decision to become a caregiver should not be taken lightly.
Some of the things you should ask yourself before becoming a primary caregiver are:
The team of professionals and trained volunteers at Hospice of Jefferson County is here to support you as a caregiver.
For information on how to be a supportive caregiver, go to hospicenet.org.
Contact Jefferson Healthcare Hospice at 360-385-0610