Plight of care-giversCreated by:
The prime focus of healthcare is on the patient. The patient is the centre of all dignostic or therapeutic interventions, investigations and trials. All the infrastructure, manpower and equipment in the health industry is geared to ensure the well-being of the patient.
While it is true that curing the patient of his illness has been the Hippocratic task given to physicians and healthcare workers, it must also not be forgotten that proper delivery of this care is virtually impossible without the care-givers or supporters of the patient. The care-giver can be a spouse, parent, sibling, distant relative or a friend. Let us not overlook the fact that the care-giver has taken time out of his/her productive life to ensure that the treatment delivered by the healthcare worker is properly received by the patient. The care-giver is responsible for the fact that the patient is able to procure and take his medicines on time and is able to report for follow-ups and consultation. At times, the care-giver would spend from his own pocket to arrange transportation for, to arrange for medicines and investigations and to arrange for food for the patient.
There is also the emotional aspect to be considered when the patient is undergoing treatment for a grave illness with poor prognosis and the care-giver is a very near and dear one. There should be enough support available for care-givers in the hospital, in trhe form of support groups, relaxation and recreation areas and counselling.