Caregivers are at high risk for illness and death themselves. Stress, burnout and not having the time or means to care for yourself all contribute.
Kelsey Seybold’s supportive medicine doctor, Dr. Shira Amdur said when somebody in the family is sick, everybody suffers, essentially.
“While we do have our patients that we primarily care for, we do try to provide a lot of listening and encouragement and support for their caregivers and loved ones, try to connect them with resources from the community if possible,” said Amdur.
Supportive medicine provides and extra layer of emotional support for the caregiver, along with the patient.
“If you think about patients who get sick, they go into the hospital, nurses all have shifts. Nobody can take of a patient 24/7 and the caregiver at home is asked to do that,” said Amdur.
She said the caregiver's health often suffers; and the patient suffers if the caregiver isn't taking care of themselves.
People can RSVP at info.kelsey-seybold.com/caregiver. Respite Care is available onsite, if you need to bring your loved one with you.
Here are the details:
Caring for the Caregiver Event & Expo
Presented by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Supportive Medicine
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14
Berthelsen Main Campus
2727 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston 77025