5 Tips for Lupus Caregivers
Looking after a person with lupus is hard, but manageable, work. You’ll need to be organized and prepared to make some life changes, however. Here are five tips for lupus caregivers, provided by the Lupus Foundation of America.
Caring for someone with lupus
People who develop serious health problems due to lupus may be unable to look after themselves, and will need a caregiver to assist them. (As well as looking after a lupus patient’s physical needs, you may also find that you need to give emotional support to those who may be suffering from depression.)
If you’re a caregiver for a lupus patient, make sure you’re up-to-date with all the latest information about the disease, including symptoms and treatments.
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Taking care of yourself
As a caregiver (for a lupus patient or any other patient) it is vital that you also look after your own physical and mental health. Eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising are all vital to staying healthy. If you fall ill, you won’t be able to do your job as a caregiver very well.
Find support by joining groups, either in person or online, where you can meet with other caregivers and share information and experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members for help and take time out for yourself.
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Managing legal, financial, and health insurance issues
You may be required to manage the legal side of a lupus patient’s life, including financial and insurance details. Make sure you have copies of all the relevant paperwork you may need. Ensure you have the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the patient, should the need arise.
A professional financial planner may be useful initially, until you are sure that you have everything in place.
Read about ten frequently asked questions about lupus here.
Preparing for unexpected events
Life is full of surprises, and looking after a lupus patient is no exception. Familiarize yourself with what you would need to do in a medical emergency, and keep all legal and medical paperwork organized so you can access papers quickly when you need them.
You will need to have contingency plans in place in case you suddenly become ill and are not available for caregiving duties.
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Caring for children and teens
Learning what may trigger lupus flares in children is key, and ensuring your child has a healthy diet, exercise, and enough sleep is paramount. You will need to look out for any outward changes that may occur over time, and ensure your child regularly explains any symptoms they may be experiencing to you.
Explain to teachers (and other adults who may be responsible for your child) about lupus, the particular symptoms your child has, and how the disease may affect schooling.
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