If you, as a caregiver, have questions or are hesitant about taking your client to an integrative health specialist, this is the time that you should three things to ease your mind:
- Speak to your client’s regular medical doctor about it.
- Compile a list of questions and concerns to direct to the integrative health care specialist and their team.
Many specialized medical facilities actually offer integrative health approaches right in their building. If your client has cancer, he or she may be able to get acupuncture and/or massage therapy in addition to their conventional medical treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy. Medical personnel agree that these more holistic approaches may help to relieve some of the symptoms their patient is experiencing. Doctors with caring hearts will concede to every approach to see that their patient receives the best treatment for them – just as good caregivers do!
I have stated my mind about certain areas of concern where I believe holistic practices are skeptical, however, I am not medical. My responsibility is to my clients, their health, welfare and, in many cases, their financial well-being as well. If I see someone ordering up some procedure that has had no profound effect on my clients, you bet your boots I am going to question the procedure and the one ordering the procedure!
Integrative health care is growing in popularity, however. Where its potential value is still being questioned, it does have its uses. We will just have to take a wait-and-see approach as to how it is presented and as to how we can integrate it, if at all, in our client’s lives.
Until that time, sit back, take the time to research and simply keep showing you know that With Age Comes Respect.