Caring for an ill or elderly loved one requires tremendous amounts of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy. As such, caregivers should be mindful of the psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual aspects of health and illness, as well as the effects of these factors on themselves and their loved ones.
For example, if spiritual matters have been an important part of your life and/or the life of your loved one, it is important to provide opportunities for spiritual experiences, even if you can't attend religious services. Some suggestions include:
In the movies, you never doubt when a man's having a heart attack. He clutches his chest, screams, or moans, and falls to the ground. If he's lucky, help is on its way.
In real life, the signs aren't always so clear. Some people do experience Hollywood-type symptoms, says Mohamud Daya, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. But others don’t. “Some people say they just feel uneasy discomfort or vague discomfort, not pain that really hurts...