By Dr. Gavril Hercz
The role of the caregiver can be quite onerous, supporting and advocating for a loved one without pause. These activities can become very tiring, without necessarily receiving the reciprocal support which would refuel an individual. As well, there may be feelings of guilt in being the healthy one, with no room for voiced complaints.
This useful post on the US National Kidney Foundation website focuses on the caregiver, rather than on the patient. It proposes several activities which have been shown to reduce stress and allow one to “refuel”, to be available in a caring capacity. As well, it recognizes the importance of the caregiver, a role that too often goes under recognized.
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