Jackie agreed to be the primary caregiver for her aging father. Her mother was unable to tend to his needs and since they only lived a short distance away from each other, it made sense to her that she’d be the one to care for him.
Jackie didn’t want to call on home care providers for him as he was sensitive to certain issues, didn’t like meeting new people, was paranoid about his belongings, and liked things the way they were. She didn’t think that having strangers coming into his home would do well for him. After all, he didn’t need a lot when it came to home care.
Jackie had some experience as a caregiver from her younger years when she worked her way through college. It was during that time that she developed some positive strategies and practices that would mean she’d likely be a good family caregiver for her father. Some of Jackie’s best practices were:
- Always listen. She learned a long time ago that even though she thought she knew best, it was the elderly patient’s home and that meant she had to respect their wishes. She would always take the time to listen to what her father wanted. She might not agree, but she wouldn’t override him just because she didn’t agree.
- Be on the lookout for safety issues. One of the main causes of accidental death for people over the age of 65 are falls in the home. She knew that keeping an eye out for tripping hazards would help ensure her father’s safety.
- Know about medications. The more that she knew about the medications that her father was taking, and the potential side effects, the more she could be aware of any possible problems with them.
- Help the patient get the appropriate level of exercise. Getting exercise is essential for just about everyone, and that includes the elderly. While they may not want to do much, it’s important for their health, as long as the doctor says so.
- Eating right. Getting the right nutrition is also vital for health in elderly individuals. By helping them to eat right, the caregiver can give them a solid foundation upon which to live a strong, long, and active life.
The things that Jackie learned years ago were going to be important for her father while being a caregiver for him.
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