If you’re one of the many thousands of Nova Scotians caring for a loved one who is ill, Mary Jane Hampton knows how you’re feeling.
During her mother’s illness, she was her family’s caregiver, and the experience taught her a lot about the role that she hadn’t previously considered.
“It became personal,” she told CBC’s Information Morning. “In the last year and half of helping to care for my terminally ill mother, I couldn’t help but notice that I was seeing the same people in waiting rooms week after week.
“Not patients — the people with the patients. The ones who had brought them to the appointment, attended the visit with the doctor and presumably had something to do with the care plan once they got the person home again.
“If I didn’t recognize their faces, I recognized the look on their faces. For the most part, they were very, very tired.”
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This is part of a series from CBC’s Information Morning where Halifax health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton discusses her “health hacks” — ways to make your experience with the health-care system better.