With the number of joint replacement surgeries on the rise, many of us are finding ourselves in the position of being a care partner. Care partners play an important role in helping a family member or friend, both physically and emotionally, throughout the surgery and recovery process.
Being a care partner can be very rewarding, but it also can be very stressful. Kenneth A. Larsen, Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Medicine at NEBH explains that as a care partner, it’s important to recognize when your emotions and stress are getting the best of you. Times when you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or exhausted are the times when you need to take a break and find some time for yourself. Here are a few things you can do:
The role of a care partner can be challenging and requires a significant time commitment, but it is sure to be a meaningful experience helping your loved one regain strength and return to enjoying daily activities.