How To Provide Care For The ElderlyMarch 4, 2020
Home health care can be for medical needs, but it can also be just to help you with day-to-day activities. For many people, it is those activities that are the hardest. Your friend may love going shopping, but he or she can no longer drive. That can be very frustrating. It is important to get your friend the right help.
When necessary, be sure the elderly person gets adequate medical care. Long gone are the days when doctors made house calls, so expect to make regular trips to medical offices and hospitals. If there is a home home health care services with visiting nurses, be sure the senior is prepared in advance for the home appointment.
As soon as you can hobble to a bath tub, you will have two challenges. First is bathing without falling down, and a bath stool solves that problem. Put the stool in the tub or shower stall, sit on a chair outside the tub and hoist yourself onto the bath stool. Use a hand-held shower wand for wetting and rinsing.
The medical field will be copiously in future demand. A different doctor and nurse upon each visit is an obvious future path America will face. You might as well post your conditions and normal behavioral pattern on a bulletin board for the next shift to view.
Also, according to the CDC, in 2009, heart disease is projected to cost more than $304 billion, including health care services, lost productivity, and medications.
People just do not bring fruits and veggies so try to sneak some of those in, hard though it may be. If you have enough food to last you for months it is okay to say “Stop.” At some point in the days before Dave died I somehow made the time to make a huge batch of multi-grain bread. After that, when people entered the kitchen they were far more inclined to cut themselves a slice of healthy, homemade bread instead of grabbing a cookie or a donut. Since grieving tummies are touchy tummies, do not force down what you cannot eat, and keep it simple.
Show your compassion every day in every way. Do it as often as possible, especially if the elderly person is a parent who brought you into the world, loved and guided you from childhood to adulthood. Remember … you are likely to be in the same situation sooner than you expect.