Caregivers are those who care for family members or loved ones when they need assistance with a medical condition or procedure. Caregivers serve a vital role in the lives of those they assist. Caregiving can be a challenging physical and emotional task. Coping with the demands of living with, or caring for someone with pain can be demanding and sometimes overwhelming. Whether you are caring for someone in pain or playing a critical role in their post-operative recovery, patients rely on those around them to support them emotionally as well as in simple day-to-day tasks. As you learn more about your loved one's condition, their medical team at Virginia Spine Institute will work with you. We hope as you explore this website you will learn in-depth explanations of spine related diagnosis and treatment options so you are better able to participate in discussions and decision-making regarding your loved one’s options. We encourage you to come to office visits and remain engaged. We appreciate your support.
If you are interested in joining a forum on spinal conditions, we invite you to join discussions which the Spinal Research Foundation facilitates. They offer online forums on multiple topics of spinal health care or you can start your own discussion to gain support from others who are in similar situations.
Try these simple tips:
- Take time to care for yourself. Your needs, health, and well-being are just as important as your loved one’s.
- Allow your loved one to make their own decisions. Patients need to feel in control of something, even if it’s small or relatively insignificant.
- Don’t overdo it. Decide what’s important, what can wait, and what can be delegated. Reach out to family and friends for help and accept help when offered.
- Acknowledge your own feelings of anger, frustration, worry, or sadness. Your life has been impacted as well and it’s ok to feel that way. Talking with a counselor may help.
- Take advantage of community resources. They are available so you can take a break and not do everything yourself.
- Find support to prevent or overcome feeling isolated or stressed. Connect with other caregivers that understand your experiences and challenges.