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November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize those who help support loved ones with their health. Mark Ida cares for his mom Elma who suffers from chronic pain due to back surgery. They are sharing their struggles with HI Now so that viewers can understand how difficult this can be for both patients and their families. We’re also learning how REHAB Hospital of the Pacific provides caregiver tools that are important in a patient’s recovery.
A family caregiver is a person who provides any type of physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. Loved ones in need of care include those suffering from a physical or mental illness, disability, or other conditions. In most cases, the primary caregiver is a spouse, partner, parent or adult child. Caregivers often take on the responsibilities of the patient while still providing for themselves and other family members.
In this segment we’re featuring caregivers and how REHAB is dedicated to providing the tools and training necessary for rebuilding their loved ones’ lives.
At REHAB, the goal is to help people get back to living as independently as possible. Caregivers play an important role in helping the clinical team with a patient’s rehabilitation program. They know the patient and their routines, what medications the patient should take, when and why they need to assist in monitoring their symptoms and temperament. Caregivers also assist in ensuring that the patient is consistent with their exercises and therapy so that they fully maximize what they learn from our clinicians. Good caregivers also provide support physically, and more importantly mentally, that a patient needs especially when getting accustomed to their impairments.
REHAB believes in properly educating caregivers, from inpatient through their outpatient experiences, so they have the skills to help their loved ones succeed. REHAB helps educate caregivers with administering, ordering, and picking up medication, providing transportation to appointments, and dealing with scheduling, billing, or insurance issues. Caregivers may also assist with other medical processes such as physical therapy, injections, feeding tubes, etc. Caregivers may help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting, or arranging child care. Caregivers are often in charge of preparing meals, doing chores or laundry, shopping for groceries or paying bills. REHAB has also partnered with the Department of Health NeuroTrauma supports division to provide Transfer Training Workshops for caregivers. The workshops prepare caregivers with proper tools and body mechanics for how to transfer, or assist a patient with transferring, from the bed to a wheelchair and more. Check our website for more details on this worthwhile caregiver training workshop with an expert physical therapist.
About REHAB Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB)
For 65 years, REHAB Hospital of the Pacific has been dedicated to rebuilding lives. As the only comprehensive medical rehabilitation hospital in Hawaii, REHAB has been providing exemplary care to those with physical and cognitive disabilities, such as stroke and spinal cord injuries, empowering patients to reach optimal health and independence.