Taking care of someone with a chronic illness like cancer poses unique challenges. How do you become a great caregiver?
When a loved one is diagnosed with heart disease, it is life altering for everyone involved. If someone you love—say a spouse or parent—has been diagnosed with heart disease, your committed support can increase longevity and go a long way toward a better quality of life for him or her. Here are some of the … Read More
It can be hard to know how to act, and the right words hard to come by, when you’re in a relationship with someone who has cancer. That’s why as cancer nurses we talk to people about “cancer etiquette.” Cancer etiquette is simply interacting with someone with cancer in friendly, empathetic and appropriate ways. It’s … Read More
If you’re caring for an aging loved one with cancer, you face challenges: Logistical challenges. Emotional challenges. Challenges that affect your own health. Dale Shepard, MD, PhD, has witnessed this firsthand in his patients and in the families who care for them. He offers the following advice for providing the best care possible and keeping … Read More
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Six years ago, Cleveland Clinic got rid of all its employees. This was no small task. Cleveland Clinic is the second largest private employer in Ohio. We had 40,000 people on our payroll. But as of 2006, we no longer called them “employees.” They became “caregivers,” because each one of them plays a role in … Read More
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is an emotional rollercoaster, even for the most patient caregivers. You may feel you are losing control of a changing relationship. But there is always hope, says Alex Rae-Grant, MD, interim director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Dr. Rae-Grant offers some pointers … Read More