As a caregiver you may need to provide for all aspects of your loved one or friend’s comfort. In addition to ensuring your loved one’s physical comfort, you can also provide emotional and spiritual comfort.
Your loved one or friend may experience emotional and spiritual pain. They are experiencing many losses including the loss of control over their own life. It is important for you to continue to explain what is happening with your loved one or friend's care, condition, and any other changes. Talk with a social worker, clergy, or spiritual caregiver to help you find resources for additional emotional and spiritual support.
Take some time each day to talk to your loved one or friend about their feelings. Be patient and listen to what they want to share with you. Whatever feelings they have - let them know that they have a right to feel that way; do not try and talk them out of their feelings. Your loved one or friend may wish to discuss their fears or concerns with someone else - encourage them to do so. Offer to contact a friend, counselor or chaplain, and give them privacy when they discuss these issues with another.
The following suggestions are for you, the caregiver to help you enhance your loved one’s quality of life and are some examples of providing emotional and spiritual support.
Meal times can be pleasant social events, when you can be together and talk. If your loved one or friend is confined to bed, you can sit and talk while he or she eats and bring a tray in for you. There are a host of eating utensils and accessories that make eating easier for persons with disabilities.
Use an attractive plastic tablecloth or place mats that are easy to clean and a towel, apron or other covering for your loved one or friend’s clothes, if there is a tendency to spill food. Use light-weight, plastic easy-grip glasses, or cups with handles. If there is a lot of spillage, try a drink holder with a lid and plastic straw insert.
Consider having a vase of flowers on the table or next to the bed, if your family member or friend is confined to bed, and open the curtains and let the sun shine in.
Entertainment, Entertaining and Travel
The following is a list of activities that can also enhance the quality of life of your loved one. These suggestions may be activities that your loved one will look forward to sharing with you and others.
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