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By Barbara Dickhaus, DaVita® MSW, LICSW, Divisional Lead Social Worker
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a physician.
When hearts are on display throughout the month of February, it’s a great reminder to express appreciation to your care partner(s)—your spouse, siblings, friends, children and/or partners who support you in home dialysis.
How important is a care partner? People on home hemodialysis (HHD), (and many on peritoneal dialysis (PD)) couldn’t dialyze at home without them. A care partner can also give you independence, comfort, hope, encouragement, information and advocacy. And the feeling of being connected to them can increase your levels of a calming, stress-relieving hormone called oxytocin.
February is Care Partner Appreciation Month. Perhaps one of the best ways to celebrate your care partner for everything they do is to take on other responsibilities, as you’re able, to lighten their load a bit. Ideas include:
Although February is Care Partner Appreciation Month, it’s important to learn that showing your appreciation for what he or she does can be done every day. It can help improve your quality of life as well as theirs.
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