Video – Supporting a sick loved one

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Living with a seriously ill or disabled loved one is definitely a painful and distressing ordeal, both personally and professionally.

In such difficult times, some people choose to or are forced to become caregivers. Accompanying a sick person involves major responsibilities, which is why it is important to consult the appropriate resources and make sure to receive proper guidance.

According to Statistics Canada, over 8 million Canadians provide care to a loved one with a chronic health condition or a disability.

The most frequent reasons for caring for a loved one are:

  • aging-related problems
  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • mental health problems
  • alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Given how demanding their role is, caregivers need to know their limits to avoid exhaustion. It is also recommended that they maintain a healthy lifestyle, with regular sleep and a balanced diet, to keep their energy up.

Asking the sick person what they want is also important. It makes it easier to seek the support of relatives and resources in the community to meet their needs as well as possible.

Sometimes, a caregiver will be faced with someone who refuses to be treated. The issue of human rights immediately comes up: what can be done, and how can it be done diplomatically?

Although it is possible to hospitalize a person against their will, there are laws that need to be followed scrupulously. In such cases, the services of a third-party expert are essential.

In addition to these factors, financial issues can be a major source of worry for sick people, their loved ones and their caregivers. Fortunately, there are various assistance programs designed to help meet financial needs in these situations.

The necessary information about these programs can be obtained by contacting community social services.

To prevent additional hurdles from cropping up, it is important to ensure that all of the caregiver’s needs will be provided for in case of serious illness.

Such measures are too often taken in emergency situations, when the sick person finds themselves in a state of physical or psychological vulnerability. It is better to act preventively and avoid an even harsher situation.

To find out more about this topic, we suggest you read the reference document.

In case of any questions, doubts or a specific need for support, don’t hesitate to contact the specialized support service offered to the eligible individuals.