Originally published on Times of Northwest Indiana
A reporter from the Times of Northwest Indiana contacted BrightStar Care home care franchise recently looking for a local expert who could speak on the challenges of caring for men with chronic illnesses. The reporter spoke with Molly Clark, a registered nurse and the Director of Nursing for the BrightStar Care of Lake County office, franchise owned by Dave and Julie Van Drunen. Here’s an excerpt from the article, “Chronic Care Presents Special Challenges“:
Molly Clark, a registered nurse with BrightStar Care of Lake County, Ind., says caring for men with long-term illnesses can be particularly challenging.
“Medical management of a chronic illness requires that the patient adhere to guidelines, such as taking medications as ordered, and being aware of warning signs and symptoms,” she says. “My experience has been that men may have a tendency to be in denial of their condition, or simply not feel a need to take their illness seriously.”
Education by nurses is essential for the safety of the patient in this type of situation, she says.
A feeling of loss of independence and purpose, which increases with aging, also plays a role in challenges healthcare professionals must overcome, Clark says.