Caregivers play an important role in the health of a patient or loved one. Many family members and friends who assist someone who has a kidney condition do not think of themselves as caregivers. If you help with household activities, personal care activities, transportation, or even just listening and offering advice, then you are a caregiver.
As a caregiver, you are a vital member of the care team, and you can expect to be included in the care of your loved one. You can expect our doctors to spend time with you, listen to you, and answer your questions. You can rest assured knowing that your loved one is in expert hands. You don’t just get one doctor when you work with DRG, you get our group of 30 doctors, who are able to work together to deliver the best treatment for your loved one.
Here are some tips for loved ones and caregivers.
- Stay in the know.
- Attend educational and training events. Dallas Renal Group offers educational events and encourages our patients and their caregivers to attend. Please visit our website to register for an event in your area.
- Keep track of symptoms or other health issues.
- Be present during doctor visits, and ask questions.
- Encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.
- Eat healthy foods recommended by your dietitian.
- Exercise or go on walks with your loved one.
- Be prepared.
- Have an emergency plan in place.
- Keep important information up to date and accessible.
- If traveling, have a plan before you leave town.
- Take time for yourself.