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Guidance and Care for Caregivers

Being a caregiver isn't always easy. And yet, here you are, ready to take on one of the most important roles in your loved one's life. Whether it’s staying up-to-date on arthritis treatment information or helping your loved one recover after joint replacement surgery, we’re here with educational programs and resources every step of the way.

What Does a Caregiver Do?

As a caregiver, you’re more than just a shoulder to lean on — you are a beacon of hope helping us provide better orthopedic care. Your insight gives us a clearer view into who our patients are and how we can best serve them. You’re the one who encourages the journey toward whole health, better recovery and a fulfilling daily life.

What to Expect as a Caregiver

Nurse. Driver. Friend. Errand-Runner. Personal chef. As a caregiver, you wear a lot of hats. Here are some things you might expect in your role:

  • Acting as a point of contact for friends and family
  • Advocating for your loved one by communicating with our medical team and the insurance company
  • Helping them care for their post-surgical needs
  • Helping them follow dietitian orders through grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Keeping patients on their strict medication schedules
  • Managing finances
  • Providing assistance with everyday tasks they may not physically be able to perform themselves, like bathing, using the restroom and getting dressed
  • Scheduling and driving to and from doctor appointments

Helpful Tips for Caregivers

Being a caregiver is a balancing act, and responding to your loved one’s needs may require a lot of your attention. But remember, your health is just as important. You must take the time to care for yourself as well. Here are some tips to help you stay centered:

  • Ask for help when you need it. Accept help when it's offered.
  • Ask your employer about paid leave.
  • Be realistic about what you can and can't do.
  • Look for caregiver resources in your area, whether it's meal delivery or transportation assistance.
  • Stay on top of your own health. Keep routine doctor visits. Eat well. Exercise regularly.