How to Cope with Caring for a Loved One with Mesothelioma
If you are caring for a loved one with mesothelioma, you are likely already acutely aware of how aggressive this asbestos-related cancer is and the pain it causes. This disease is so taxing on those who suffer from it that caregivers often spend countless hours trying to coordinate oncology appointments, preparing food, administering medication, and assisting their loved one experience as much comfort as they can. Unfortunately, providing for someone who is battling this terrible disease can also be difficult for the caregiver. Having to watch your loved one suffer can take an emotional toll and stretch one beyond their limits.
Below is a list of helpful tips on how to cope with caring for a loved one with mesothelioma:
- Establish a caregiver contract: This might seem excessively formal for family members, but no matter how close your family is, a contract can spare everyone unnecessary stress, ensure everyone is on the same page and set boundaries and realistic expectations, so you can ultimately preserve your relationship. A caregiver contract can include information such as a flexible arrangement of how often services are needed and a detailed description of the services provided.
- Find a support system: For those acting as a primary caregiver for a loved one with mesothelioma, this can be quite time-consuming and limit any interaction and involvement you might have with others. To help with the resulting mental exhaustion, caregivers should try to find a support system that can not only help with the emotional and mental exhaustion associated with caregiving, but help connect with others who are enduring similar experiences. Oftentimes, hospitals and clinics offer local support groups that allow caregivers to connect with each other to share their experiences, so they understand they are not alone.
- Care for yourself: Although putting a patient first is part of being an effective caregiver, you do not want to be consumed by these duties. It is imperative for caregivers to plan time for themselves or their own well-being will suffer. Even if all you can do is set aside time to take care of your own errands or watch a movie, you will be much better off after taking a mental break. Keep in mind that you can only be a good caregiver to your loved one if you take care of yourself.
- Work with health experts: Understanding all the medical circumstances regarding mesothelioma can be overwhelming and, as such, it is not uncommon for caregivers to feel overwhelmed when it comes to understanding the circumstances around a mesothelioma diagnosis and its medical treatment options. Try developing a strong working relationship with your loved one’s medical team. This can help put your mind at ease and assure you that your loved one is receiving the best care and it can increase your comfort level when it comes to asking for help.
- You cannot control everything: Caregivers often question if they are doing everything they can for their loved one and it is often easy to ask and wonder if something could have been handled better. Try to keep in mind that you are doing the best that you can and you cannot control every situation. Just take it one day at a time.
Nationwide Mesothelioma Attorneys
If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, another party could be liable for it. This aggressive disease is linked to asbestos, which is often found in plants, refineries, shipyards, and mills. At Shrader & Associates L.L.P., our team consists of carefully selected mesothelioma attorneys who are all skilled and experienced in effectively representing victims of asbestos exposure.
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