Loss of Time
Loss of Time-Video highlights:
Patient's lives can feel consumed by their illness because of the following:
Frequency of medication treatments.
Daily symptom monitoring.
Missed family events.
Strategies with patients should focus on the decrease of time conflicts.
Possible social work interventions with patients :
Multiple appointments in a day.
"My friends called and want to plan a day to hang out, but it seems I always have an appointment."
The frequency and intensity of treatments may limit a patient's ability to travel for leisure or special family events.
Brainstorming with patients on how tools like technology- like Facetime to see family.
Many of our patients' lives have been significantly changed by their illness.
Our role is not to always offer a "solution" to their situation but allow them to express and feel all their emotions.
"I thought when I retired I was going to travel the world, instead I just travel back and forth to doctors."