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'The Caregiver's Manual' by Sangeeta Bhagwat

'The Caregiver's Manual' by Sangeeta Bhagwat

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Published by Sangeeta S. Bhagwat
A practical guide for caregivers of patients having chronic diseases. Written from the many years of personal experience as a caregiver.
A practical guide for caregivers of patients having chronic diseases. Written from the many years of personal experience as a caregiver.

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Published by: Sangeeta S. Bhagwat on Jan 21, 2011
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The Caregiver’s Manual
By Sangeeta S. Bhagwat 
 
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Notice:This book is intended as a reference volume only, not as a medical manual. Theinformation given here is designed to help you make informed decisions aboutyour health. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may havebeen prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect that you have a medical problem,we urge you seek competent medical help.All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof inany form whatsoever.However, we welcome inquiries for wider distribution. For information contactsangeetabhagwat@yahoo.co.insangeetabhagwat@yahoo.co.insangeetabhagwat@yahoo.co.insangeetabhagwat@yahoo.co.inPlease visit http://http://http://http://www.serenereflection.comwww.serenereflection.comwww.serenereflection.comwww.serenereflection.com
 
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Introduction
If you are a caregiver for a chronic disease patient, more likely than not, it willbe by conscious choice. Those who are forced into this role by circumstance,accident or obligation, eventually find a way to relieve themselves of thisresponsibility.The caregiver is usually the person closest to the patient. The person mostmotivated to try and alleviate the patient’s mental and physical suffering. Tothis end, you will probably be willing to stretch your own mental, physical andspiritual resources to the maximum.Occasionally, the caregiver’s duties could overlap the functions of theattendant, nurse or even the doctor. However, the thrust of your purpose isdifferent. It is not limited to the obvious, menial tasks or chores that a patientmay require assistance with.The caregiver helps the patient form a competent team of people, who worktogether, towards the improvement of the patient’s health and well-being. Thepatient is at the core of this group. The doctors, nursing staff, attendants,support groups, medical social worker, helpful family and friends make up therest. You play the important part of linking together all these people, in acohesive and advantageous fashion. You help improve the rapport andcommunication, amongst the patient and others.

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