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Appropriate Management of Therapy For Celebrity Patients

Celebrities are always in the limelight. The general public displays a keen interest in their lives by focusing their attention on the chosen celebrity. Unfortunately, when some problem befalls them they are unable to turn off the attention and while the condition of celebrity patients is kept confidential from everyone but the caregivers that can still be problems which will affect the people around the celebrity.

Caring – about people, about things, about life – is an act of maturity. ~Tracy McMillan

Problems Faced By Caregivers When Treating Celebrity Patients


When dealing with celebrity patients one of the first casualties are the caregivers because of the newsworthiness of the patient. Caregivers are generally accustomed to protecting the privacy of their patients and they do not face any problems in managing this part of the process. The problem of dealing with the celebrity does not affect the caregivers but it is the relentless pressure of the media and the glaring spotlights which are focused on the caregivers which cause a problem. It can become a major problem for the caregivers that would not be familiar with these surroundings.

“Getting sober was one of the the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest.” ~ Robert Downey, Jr.Laura Humphries

Celebrities are trained to ignore the audience while being on stage but this is not the case with caregivers who do not receive any training in this regard. Caring for a celebrity patient within a public area can create enormous pressure which can distract the caregivers from clinical competence.

Celebrity patients have a tendency to carry a retinue with them which results in the constant scrutiny of the care they are receiving. The constant scrutiny can pose questions to the caregivers who may be scrutinized continuously and even criticized occasionally. An average individual may often wonder why the caregivers do not function effectively in routine medical situations. Perhaps they don’t understand that the cumulative pressure of having to do a job effectively when the entire world is watching can be a difficult task for caregivers that are not accustomed to such conditions.

Handling The Therapy Of Celebrity Patients

The handling of therapy for celebrity patients also requires a degree of attention from the center as well as the caregivers. Celebrity patients who are admitted to the emergency rooms will be easier to manage for caregivers because the large coterie accompanying the celebrity can be kept away from this particular area.

Exceptions can, however, be mentioned about the time secret service agents were allowed into the emergency area during the emergency thoracic surgery of former president Reagan. Things are entirely different when the celebrity chooses to remain in a general setting where the spotlight continues to remain on him or her. In such conditions, the pressure will again shift to the caregivers who will again be under pressure to deliver a performance that would be higher than normal expectations.

Reactions Of Caregivers To Celebrity Patients

Caregivers are generally trained not to react some of the unreasonable demands which are often made by celebrity patients. Celebrities are often known to make privileged demands from caregivers to put them in a spot of bother. Celebrity patients also exert pressure on the leading physicians with an intention of getting their demands acceded to and succeed in overruling a decision that may have been taken by a caregiver.

Such incidences often put additional pressure on the caregivers who could develop the impression they are inappropriately managing the situation. It is perhaps the reason why a number of centers have different enclosures for celebrities along with the staff that has received specialized treatment to handle appropriate management of therapy for celebrity patients.

When celebrity patients decide to obtain therapy for any reason and choose a clinic for the purpose they are certain they will have access to the best facilities and the attention they need from highly qualified professionals.

The celebrity patients enter the center, obtain the treatment and even leave the center after they have received the therapy. It is the caregivers that could have experienced something different which would perhaps have made them conscious about their jobs and made them wonder whether they had succeeded in giving appropriate management of therapy for celebrity patients.

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