How to Become a Good Caregiver to a Person with Crohn’s Disease
by Alesha W
Telling someone in pain that everything will be okay can spell the difference between their willingness to undergo treatment that could save their lives, or simply sink into depression. What many of us don’t realize is that the human factor plays a huge role when it comes to recovery from a serious illness. When sick people experience life-altering scenarios, like a shocking diagnosis, they need more compassionate people around than ever.
Becoming a caregiver to a person with Crohn’s disease is difficult in a sense that you have to understand the plight of your patient. Providing care can go beyond preparing that person’s daily meals and helping him out of his chair when he wants to go to the bathroom. Knowing how to empathize with your patient can be one of the most necessary skills of a caregiver.
Here are a few tips to help you become a better caregiver for a Crohn’s disease patient.
Learn about the disease and the signs of flare ups. Knowing the indications of an attack can help you prepare the patient for treatment or a trip to the hospital before it becomes absolutely necessary for him to go. Sometimes, the pain can be so consuming that the person becomes incoherent and cannot describe his pain well enough. A variety of emotions may also send the patient into
a panic. Having an idea of what could be wrong can help you describe the situation to a paramedic or to a nurse in the emergency room.
Talk in a calm, soothing manner. Health care practitioners are often quizzed on their bedside manner, or the way they interact with their patients. Treatment of any disease can be dependent on how the caregiver relates to the patient. Many people are scared of talking to someone about their pains, whether it’s because of embarrassment or unease. Also, they’ve become accustomed of others walking on eggshells around them for fear of saying the wrong thing. But you can be candid about the realities of the disorder without offending the person by talking in comforting way.
Don’t take a patient’s temper tantrum personally. It’s easy to feel offended when a person in pain shouts, curses or snarls at you. Don’t think that it’s about you. It’s more about their own frustrations and pain, and treating each insult hurled at you as a personal insult can hamper your progress to becoming the best caregiver for the patient. Just remember that the patient is going through a rough time with his pain, and you have to be more patient. Occasionally, lashing out is his way of coping, and you just happened to be around to bear the brunt of it.