What are the basic home caregiver responsibilities?
If you are assisting with the care of a loved one who is homebound due to an injury, chronic illness, or a disability, you are considered a home caregiver. Chronic disease is a health condition that is long term. Cancer, dementia, and diabetes are some examples of chronic diseases. As a caregiver, there are certain basic home caregiver responsibilities that you must do for your loved one.
By being a caregiver you must give a lot of yourself. You must give your patience, time, and energy. If these responsibilities are not completed safely, both the patient’s and the caregiver’s mental and physical health could suffer.
Several basic home caregiver responsibilities require more than simply cooking a meal and cleaning the home.
HOME CAREGIVER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE TRANSFERS
Does your loved one need assistance getting from the chair to the bed, from the bed to the toilet, or from a vehicle to a wheelchair? If so, you will have to assist. Although he or she may not be bedridden, some type of transfer may be required. Over time, multiple transfers a day can take a toll on your body and cause physical pain and discomfort. Wearing a transfer belt and properly completing transfers safely will make the task easier for both of you.
If your loved one is bedridden, you will have to reposition him several times a day. Without proper repositioning, your loved one can develop bed sores on the pressure points on his or her body. Bedsores can become very painful and can also cause the surrounding skin to deteriorate completely.
It can be difficult for a senior to accept that he or she is no longer able to do the simple things they once enjoyed without someone assisting them. This can exhaust them emotionally and can cause depression. A caregiver can provide emotional support and companionship while also encouraging the patient to stay as independent and active as possible.
Family members who care for their loved ones at home must be able to perform the basic home caregiver responsibilities for their elderly, disabled, or injured family members. If not, they should contact a home healthcare agency to help them handle these responsibilities so the patient’s safety and overall well-being will remain a top priority.
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