What is a care partner?
A “care partner” may be a spouse, partner, child, parent, other relative, friend or neighbor. No matter what your relationship is, a care partner helps manage day-to-day life with this chronic (lifelong) disease.
Some care partners are fully immersed in caring for a person, while others offer an occasional helping hand. The level of support a care partner provides can vary greatly, but may include things like arranging medical appointments and assisting with medications (for example, giving injections or getting prescriptions filled).
How can a care partner best help someone with psoriatic disease?
It’s important for a care partner to learn about the disease and how it can impact a person's body and life. From making treatment decisions to talking about the disease, care partners can offer support and be a strong advocate for their loved one's health.
How can someone with psoriatic disease help their care partner?
A person with psoriatic disease can teach their care partner about psoriatic disease, treatment options and emotional impacts. Remember, the more a care partner knows, the better he or she can help.
Also, the stress of caring for someone can take a toll on a care partner’s physical and emotional health. It is important for care partners to practice self-care.