You Need Care Too: Self Care for the Professional Caregiver
As professional caregivers working with people who are dying, we face challenges other health care professionals do not. This booklet is written for the professional end of life caregiver who carries the responsibility of supporting people through the dying process. This booklet reduces caregiver burnout by providing self care insights and suggestions to make their work healthier and more balanced.
Health care workers are traditionally trained to make people better, not participate in their patient’s dying and eventual death. End of life work goes against all we as professionals have been taught, and that can be challenging.
This booklet is filled with ideas and guidance for the nurse, social worker, nurse’s aide, chaplain, physician, end of life doula, or Eleventh Hour volunteer. Anyone who is immersed in the responsibilities of supporting, educating, and guiding a person and their family through the dying experience can find insight into making their work healthier.
Many agencies provide this booklet while showing our 25 minute film Care For the Care Giver as an inservice to promote self care to their staff and team members.