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What Can a Caregiver Provide for Seniors?

By Megan C @ LivingSenior - August 1, 2012

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Seniors or elderly individuals can be very choosy with regards to the people around them and they can be very impatient too. Certainly, caring for these individuals is not an easy task if you don’t have patience, energy and time to assist and be with them either in a few hours or in every minute of the day. But, for caregivers, who study and attain certifications in the field, caring for senior or the elderly can be a stressful yet exciting job. Basically, there are different types of caregivers in the market but, whichever type of caregiver that you choose for a family member, the services that they render to the patient are all the same.

Comfort and Convenience

It is the caregiver’s duty to see to it that his or her client is in good condition. He or she should know how to position the elderly properly on his wheelchair or on his bed or couch for faster recovery.  This is extremely important if the client is not able to walk or sit alone. The caregiver should determine if the client is hot or cold, so proper ventilation in the area will be checked and done. He or she should see to it that the client is convenient and comfortable in his clothes, so he can move well at all times.

Sanitation

It is important to maintain proper sanitation and cleanliness not only in the surrounding area of the elderly, but also in the patient’s body and food. The caregiver bathes, feeds, changes clothes, makes the patient’s bed, and the likes, daily and while doing such chores, the environment should be kept clean at all times to avoid hazard, delay of recovery and further illness to the patient. In part of the sanitation process, washing hands, combing hair, cutting nails and the likes, should also be established.

Healthy Lifestyle

Except for the very sick ones, elderly people are encouraged to exercise, eat healthily and live healthily to aid in their failing cognitive and motor skills. Simple stretches and slow walks around the neighborhood accompanied with a few hours of staying under the morning sun are some of the ways to help increase the recovery of the motor and cognitive skills of the senior. Meanwhile, if the patient is unable to do the following and has been taking medication, it is the caregiver’s duty to administer the drugs at the right time, right dosage and right way.

Safety and Friendship

Safety at home plays a vital role in the caregiver’s job. He or she should make sure that there are no slippery or wet areas and other hazardous spots that can injure the patient. On the hand, it is important that you share friendship with the client, so he or she will not feel abandoned by his or her family. This is also important, so the elderly will follow the caregiver’s instructions particularly during exercise and feeding moments.