Caregiving is no easy task. Within that broad task, there are many small ones that come underneath it. The following are the 10 most popular ones, so you’ll feel less alone when you wonder, “Am I the only who does this?”
#1: Plan for Care
A care plan is something that caregiver must do to ensure that their senior receives all of the services and help he/she needs. This plan should be detailed with times when they should be completed. The plan should be followed as closely as possible, but allow room for flexibility.
#2: Medication Monitoring
It can be easy for seniors to forget to their medications, and take it correctly. This is why a caregiver will usually administer it to the seniors they are caring for. This ensures that the person receives the medical he/she needs to stay healthy.
#3: Medical Assessment
While a caregiver may not have a medical degree, he/she should be able to notice any changes in the senior’s health. If the senior exhibits new symptoms or the reappearance of old ones, the caregiver should call the doctor to ask for an appointment.
#4: Provide Assistance with Basic Needs
Basic needs include bathing, grooming, and going to the bathroom. The basic needs are usually dependent on how much the senior can do him/herself.
#5: Assist with Mobility
Limited mobility is common over the age of 75 years. Caregivers often help seniors move about their house, in and out of bed, and in and out of the bathtub. They can also help with getting to the car or exercising.
#6: Continuum of Care
When a senior needs to go to the hospital, he/she often needs help when coming home. Being able to ensure follow up visits are made and all medical professionals are informed of any changes in health can greatly help.
As senior grow older, they have a harder time cooking healthy meals. By doing this, you can ensure he/she gets the nutrients and vitamins needed to stay healthy.
Driving a vehicle can be dangerous for seniors who are suffering from failing eyesight and slowly reaction times. Driving a senior to medical appointments, the grocery store, and other places helps them stay safe.
#9: Cleaning House
This may not seem like a very important task, but it is because an unclean house is an unhealthy and unsafe one. This should be part of a care plan.
Companionship is another important one because as seniors get older they often don’t have as many people to talk to, and that can be depressing. Taking time to sit, relax, and talk about topics he/she enjoys can do wonders for mental health – for the both of you.
Implementing Services for Caregiving Help
While these may be the 10 most popular tasks of a caregiver, it doesn’t mean you have to do all of them. You can find services to help you. There are many transportation services, home nurses, and housekeepers that can take care of those tasks.
If you believe your senior is having a hard time because of loneliness, you may want to consider introducing personal consulting services. Kendall Van Blarcom offer personal consulting to seniors. He helps them feel better about themselves and their lives. Contact Kendall for more information about how his services can help the senior in your life.