Hello, I hope all is well. Thank you for taking the time to care for your Senior Loved One. Today, let’s talk about 3 Fundamental Ways to Care for Your Senior Loved One.
It is a known fact that it takes patience, effort, and time to care for an elderly; however, when you are equipped with the right tools, the care you provide will have a lasting powerful effect. Also, the benefit of equipping you with the right tools helps both you and your Senior Loved One.
Let us begin; the 3 Fundamental Ways to Care for Your Senior Loved One
When you listen, you learn how your Senior Loved One is feeling and what he or she wants.
When you listen, you discover if your Senior Loved One is having any issues.
When you listen, you will be able to take the proactive care approach rather than the reactive care approach.
2. Get Outside Help
When you seek outside help to assist you in caring for your Senior Loved One, this not only helps diminish any anguish you may have, but it also provides extra companionship to your SLO.
When you seek outside help, you learn more ways and tips about caring for your SLO.
When you seek outside help, the window of opportunity for additionally resources and support become visible.
3. Protect your Senior Loved One (SLO)
Inform your SLO why he or she should not give his or her personal information (i.e. Social Security Number, Bank Account Number etc.) to anyone until he or she speaks with you. Please have this conversation with your SLO at least once a week. (Fraud Prevention)
Inform your SLO always to let you know if someone mistreats (i.e. verbally, physically etc.) him or her. Please have this conversation with your SLO at least once a week. (Senior Abuse Prevention)
Inform your SLO always to let you know if he or she experiences any side effects from their medication. Please have this conversation with your SLO at least once a week. (Doctor’s Help)
These tools will help you care for your Senior Loved One. Go ahead and implement these 3 care fundamentals TODAY. These tools will empower you and help your Senior Loved One remain independent.
Remember, your goal for TODAY is to implement these tools NOW and then come back and give your feedback. You have nothing to lose, but so much to gain.
Please share other fundamental tools that a senior caregiver can use.
FINAL THOUGHT: The power of caring does permit us to share with others!
Hello, I hope all is well. Do I know what care services the Nursing Home provides is the question.
You may have decided that it is best to move your Senior Loved One (SLO) into a Nursing Home or you may have already moved your Senior Loved One into a Nursing Home. I’m not here to change your mind. I just want to leave you with questions that you should want to know. If you don’t already know the answers to the following questions, as a senior caregiver, you should want to know these answers. Knowing these answers will give you the power to ensure that your SLO receives the care and protection that he/she needs and deserves.
The main question is “Do I know what care services the Nursing Home provides?”
Now let’s go deeper with the questions…
What types of activities are available for my Senior Loved One?
If my Senior Loved One falls, what are the protocols of the Nursing Home?
Does the Nursing Home have senior abuse prevention training for their staff? If so, what are the details of the training?
Does the Nursing Home accommodate one-off care requests?
Does the Nursing Home provide training to the staff on how to handle seniors?
What are the Nursing Home’s visiting hours?
What is the availability of the social worker to converse about my Senior Loved One?
What kind of personal items if any will you provide my Senior Loved One?
How is my Senior Loved One’s food prepared?
Can the Nursing Home accommodate my Senior Loved One’s dietary restrictions?
Can my Senior Loved One continue to see his/her primary care physician?
How often is my Senior Loved One bath?
How many staff members are on duty during the day, night, and weekends?
What is the Nursing Home’s protocol for emergencies?
Does the Nursing Home have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place? If so, can I request to see it?
Does the Nursing Home monitor my Senior Loved One’s weight?
Does the Nursing Home have safety items installed i.e. handrails, grab bars, smoke detectors, etc.?
Can my Senior Loved One go outside? If so, for how long?
What is the Nursing Home’s protocol if a staff abuses my Senior Loved One?
What type of items if any can I bring to my Senior Loved One?
We can surely add more questions to this list. Please feel free to add. If you don’t know any of these questions, please take the time right now to contact your Senior Loved One’s Nursing Home to get the answer(s). If you are planning on moving your Senior Loved One into a Nursing Home, it is up to you to get these questions answered.
You should want your Senior Loved One to live in a place that truly cares and have their best interests.
The power of caring does not stop when you decide to move your Senior Loved One into a Nursing Home.
For the past two weeks, I have been off and on sick. When I first started feeling bad, instead of resting I kept on running. I thought I could continue working. But then my body shut down again, this time, I cancelled my appointments and stayed in the bed for an entire 24 hours. A few days later, I thought I was ok to begin working again, but my body shut down again.
After taking medicine and getting well needed rest, I’m feeling normal again.
While I was sick, I keep thinking about my seniors and how they were doing. I called a few of them to check on them. They were more concerned about me getting better. Oh, how I love my seniors! They all told me to get some rest and don’t worry about them because they want me to get better. A few of my seniors offered their helping hand to help me get better.
I already know that you must take care of yourself because if you don’t you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. It was just hard because I did not want to let my seniors down.
I’m happy that I’m feeling so much better. I promised myself that I would take it easy this week because I don’t want to overexert myself again.