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Take care of yourself, too
For many of our patients with chronic kidney disease, especially end stage renal disease (ESRD), the caregiver’s role is essential to maintaining their quality of life. It is a special part of your loved one’s care that a doctor, nurse or technician cannot provide.
As a caregiver – whether a spouse, family member or friend – it is understandable that the day-to-day challenges related to kidney disease can be difficult. It is not uncommon to sometimes feel burned out, frustrated or guilty – these emotions are normal.
If you experience these feelings, do not hesitate to seek support. It is important that you make time for yourself and continue to find time to do the things you enjoy – you need “me” time. It will help keep you going and is an important part of the care you provide.
- Friends and family can help: Remember to reach out to people you know for assistance.
- Keep doing the things you enjoy: You deserve the break and you will be a better caregiver because of it.
- Reach out: Join a support group, online social network or caregivers’ support organization.
- Support (Offsite-link) for friends, family and caregivers of someone with kidney disease
- Resources (Offsite-link) to help the caregiver, from the National Kidney Foundation
- Information (Offsite-link) for patients, caregivers and families on living with kidney disease
NANI provides references for patient information only and is not responsible for the content on these offsite websites.