This Thanksgiving We’re Thankful for Caregivers

November 28, 2022 | By | Caregivers, News & Events | Blog, Caregiving, Clinical research, liver health

Not all hero's wear capes!

As we head into the holiday season and reflect on our blessings, we wanted to extend a special thank you to those who give so selflessly, caregivers. In our latest blog, we will discuss the importance of caregivers as well as the effects the role can have on them. Additionally, providing a few tips to help ensure our caregivers are taking care of themselves.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Caregivers offer a shoulder to cry on and a friendly face to brighten even the darkest of days. Without the dedication and compassion of caregivers, many liver disease patients would be left facing their condition alone. Liver diseases such as cirrhosis and NASH can be a trying experience for patients and their caregivers alike. The fatigue, jaundice, and other symptoms can take their toll on both the body and the mind. However, caregivers play an essential role in helping patients cope. One of their most important duties do is to help patients adhere to medication regimen. This can be a challenge, as many liver disease medications have unpleasant side effects. From providing practical assistance with activities of daily living to offering emotional support, caregivers help patients to navigate the challenges of liver disease. In addition, they can also serve as a bridge between patients and their healthcare providers, ensuring that patients receive the care and treatment they need.

Increasingly Common Yet Not Often Recognized

There are approximately 53 million caregivers in the United States, with many of those across the state Arizona. However, being a caregiver is no easy task, as it can be quite challenging. For instance, caregivers often must deal with juggling their commitments with that of their caregiving responsibilities. In addition to dealing with continued amounts of emotional stress and anxiety. However, despite the challenges, they continue to provide support for those who need it. Being a caregiver is becoming increasingly common. It’s estimated that by 2030, almost 1 in 4 adults will be providing care for a loved one.

Hands of a caregiver and their patient holding hands.

Caregivers Need Care Too – Here are Some Tips

A caregiver’s job is often demanding, and it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself while taking care of others. Here are some tips for how caregivers can care for themselves:

  1. Make time for yourself. Just because you’re a caregiver doesn’t mean you have to put your own needs on the back burner. Be sure to schedule some “me” time into your day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Whether you use that time to relax, read, or just take a few deep breaths, make sure you’re taking care of yourself both physically and mentally.
  2. Ask for help when you need it. Caregiving can be a lot of work, so don’t hesitate to ask others for help when needed. Even if it’s family, friends, or even professional help, accepting assistance can make all the difference when it comes to managing day-to-day stress.
  3. Know your limits. One of the most important things a caregiver can do is learn their limits and stick to them. Otherwise, there’s an increased risk of burnout both physically and emotionally. If they find themselves feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and reassess the situation. If it’s something that becomes harmful to their well-being, it might be time to scale back responsibilities or seek additional help. After all, a healthy caregiver is better equipped to provide quality care.

Explore our resources for caregivers today!

If you or a loved one living with a liver condition needs support or medical services, Arizona Liver Health is here to help! Visit our website or contact us at one of our three locations today: Chandler – (480) 470 – 4000 | Peoria – (480) 470- 4000 | Tucson – (520) 485-4000