“The disease might hide the person underneath, but there’s still a person in there who needs your love and attention.”
The sudden loss of independence can be difficult to come to terms with for a self-reliant individual. For that reason, those who need temporary support during sickness or while recovering from an injury are sometimes the toughest to care for. Even though the caregiving is short-term, caregivers should seek support.
Resources for Short-Term Caregivers
An Open Letter to Temporary Caregivers: How to Prepare and What to Expect – How preparing yourself and your patient can ease the recovery process for both of you.
Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – In some cases, caregivers may be eligible for paid leave or other benefits to care for a sick or injured loved one. This guide will answer frequently asked questions.
How to Plan for Recovery at Home After Surgery – A comprehensive checklist for caregivers to follow when helping a loved one recover from an operation.
Hospitalization and Illness and Pets – Caring for a loved one may also mean caring for their pets.