Caregivers by nature are incredibly innovative and organized. It is a line of work that requires utilizing different tips and tricks in order to make things go as smoothly as possible. Today, we’re going to offer 5 different caregiving tips and tricks to make the lives of both you and your loved ones easier.
5 Rights of Medication: If you are administering any medication to someone in your care, it is important to remember and ask yourself the ‘Five Rights’: the right patient, the right drug, the right dose, the right route, and the right time.
Give Choices: Whenever it is possible, offer two choices. This allows the senior to retain as much independence and dignity as possible. It can be incredibly important (and helpful) to give your loved one some control. And you will find that it makes things a lot easier and you face less resistance.
Grab-and-Go Bag: Unfortunately, there will be emergencies that come up. Being prepared for those situations is key, and saves a lot of time. Having a bag ready with essentials and anything you would need in the case that you have to rush out of the home is always good to have on hand.
Keep Things Busy and Fun: Keeping seniors busy is good and helpful for both you and those you’re caring for. Even if it is having them help you with different tasks, it allows them to feel valued and needed, and takes part of the load of yourself at the same time. And always make sure to keep things light and fun as much as possible. If you enjoy the time you’re spending with the seniors in need it is more likely that they will enjoy themselves too.
Boundaries: When you are the Caregiver for your loved one or a senior in need, it is imperative that you know your limitations. It is very strenuous work, and in order to give the best care you can, you must know and set your own boundaries. Caregiver burnout is common, especially with those who are not trained professionals, but happens even with those who are. Know your limits and do not hesitate to ask for help.
And if your loved one is in need of care, or you need help with the Caregiving duties, please feel free to reach out. Click on the “Contact Us” tab for our contact form, phone number, and e-mail address.