Multiple Myeloma: Family and professional caregivers

The onset of multiple myeloma

Swati, a septuagenarian, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer. The disease resulted in the retired university teacher developing kidney problems which required her to undergo dialysis for some period of time. Needless to say, the disease affected her life.

Deciding to engage caregiving support

In Swati’s case, it helped that she had a loving family which consisted of her husband, daughter Pyoli, and son-in-law. Swati’s husband took care of her. As a primary caregiver, he monitored her medications, and other needs. It was no mean task for a man his age and this worried Pyoli.  She reached out to her colleagues for suggestions. This is when the name of Life Circle, a home nursing care providing agency, cropped up.

Caregiving: Lightening the Family Caregiver’s responsibility

Vinita, a caregiver with Life Circle, was assigned the task of providing home nursing care to Swati. Pyoli took on the responsibility of arranging her mother’s medicines for the whole day as per the time table. Vinita would come in at 8am and assist Swati with her activities of daily living and administer medicines to her. She would also feed her. For caregiving to go smoothly, it is important that the home attendant and the patient’s family have a good understanding. Pyoli was happy with Vinita and so also was Swati. Thanks to Vinita’s entry in the household, Swati’s husband got the much-need respite for his age.

What the Caregiving job means to Vinita and her family

Vinita is from Jhansi. Her father passed away when she was young. Besides her mother, Vinita has two brothers and two sisters.

 


Vinita (The Caregiver)
Vinita aspired to become a nurse during her school days. She is into her fifth year working as a nursing assistant. She wishes to study more, help her siblings with their education, repair her house which has been crying for attention since her father’s death and also pursue singing. Her mother is an ASHA worker. Vinita’s earnings along with her mother’s keep the home fires burning.

Conclusion

Reflecting on the current state of Swati, Pyoli is looking forward to an improvement in her health. This she believes would help keep her more engaged and hence enhance the quality of her life.

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