¿Estás cuidando a un ser querido? No tienes que hacerlo solo.

¿Alguien a quien amas tiene una enfermedad grave? Si es así, usted es uno de los millones de estadounidenses que cuidan a un familiar enfermo. Es posible que simplemente esté registrando y recogiendo los alimentos, o puede que esté cuidando a su ser querido las 24 horas del día. Nunca es fácil. Los cuidados paliativos pueden ayudar.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness and their families. It will provide an extra layer of support to help manage your loved one’s pain and symptoms. It will help your family understand the treatment options. And it will help you and your loved one cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with a serious illness. Your loved one can get palliative care al mismo tiempo as treatment for their disease, so that they can live as well as possible.

It’s not easy to talk about, but caregiving is hard on you. It hurts emotionally, it hurts your body and it hurts your pocketbook. Caregivers can be depressed and feel guilty that they can’t do more. Caregivers face the stress of dealing with a complex healthcare system. And caregivers rarely have time to look after themselves.

Palliative care takes a team approach so you don’t have to do it alone anymore. Palliative care teams include a doctor, a nurse and a social worker. All of them will be specialists in palliative care. They will spend as much time as needed to learn about your situation and make a plan for your loved one’s care.

Ask your local health system about palliative care services in your area. An extra layer of support can make a big difference. Expert pain and symptom control will keep your loved one more comfortable. A 24-7 telephone hotline to nursing advice could help you and your loved one avoid unwanted trips to the emergency room. And you may be able to find nursing help or meal delivery services so that you can take a break. You don’t have to do it alone.