Holistic care is truly caring for your loved one at their level of ability and independence. It is about working with your loved ones to find the best way they can approach each day or activity, hour by hour, minute by minute. Holistic care has many benefits for both caregiver and loved one alike. As the caregiver you will learn better ways to work more efficiently with your loved ones daily needs; as their loved ones you will be more fulfilled in mind, body and spirit through holistic care
Peace of mind and Health
Holistic care is also an approach to medicine that takes into consideration multiple factors when diagnosing and treating illness. It can be applied in any situation where health is compromised whether by injury or disease, but its primary application is in traditional Indigenous health practices. In keeping with traditional indigenous teachings, holistic care provides comprehension of the patient’s whole being through the integration of mind, body and spirit as revealed by their traditions while encouraging patients’ active participation in their own healing process
Point to Consider
When applying holistic care it is important to remember the following:
Your loved one is a person first and foremost.
Think about what they need to live their life as best as possible, not what you think should be done to them. For example: if going out for the day, ask the question “What does she/he need?” instead of “Why can’t they do this?”
Do not rush your loved ones or themselves through tasks, no matter how much time you have available. They may find it frustrating but it will help them stay calm and relaxed so that when you are finished with a task both of you will feel better than if it was rushed between your busy schedules. The more patience and understanding you offer, the more successful holistic will be for all involved.
Do not assume what your loved one will need when you are doing something for them, ask! If they can’t answer verbal questions ask yourself “What does she/he need?” and act on that assumption. It usually ends well.
Please take over for them! Remember, though, it is better for everyone involved if you allow them to try before taking over completely.
Try not to make things more complicated than they need to be – sometimes the most simple things can be the most meaningful to others!
Remember that your loved one is still a person and will have good days and bad, just like everyone else on this planet. It is best to go at their pace and not push them beyond what they feel comfortable with. Creating a “usual routine” for your loved one helps them know what to expect from you, which in turn allows them to relax knowing how much work will need to be done around the house/apartment between you two.
Asking questions such as “What would you like me to do today?” or “What needs attention first?” will allow you to create a routine around your loved one’s needs, which in turn will fill their day with more fulfilment because it will become less about what YOU need from them and more about what THEY need from themselves.