Advice for friends and family


And I’ll use my family. So as much as I’ve said, one of my siblings is not involved in the care routine at all. That doesn’t mean that that individual can’t be involved in the caregiving situation. So, not involved in the care situation, but definitely can be involved in the caregiving situation; i.e. recognizing that if I have to miss a… if I miss a family dinner, it’s okay. Don’t take it personally; it’s because of what’s going on, or it’s because the power went out, or whatever it may be. And so, providing support that way to the family caregiver, I think, is something that is probably the most valuable advice I could think of to give to the family and friends of that caregiver. So maybe, it’s if someone can ease the load of the family caregiver—they may not be able to deal with the hands-on care delivery—but if someone can… if someone offers for example to carpool my son to his hockey game because I can’t get there on time because my mom’s been up all night and I’ve got to wait until the nurse shows up to cover me, that’s great support, right? Because it means that is one less thing I have to now obsess about missing out or sacrificing that affects another person.

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