If you’re one of the many in-home caregivers providing support for an aging family member, know that you are not alone. It can be a challenge to help a loved one retain the independence they desire while ensuring their health and safety. Here are a few tips to help your family have a high quality of life in their home.
4 Tips for Family In-Home Caregivers
1. Understand Their Medical Needs
Talk to your loved one’s doctors to ensure you know how and when to dispense medication and care for wounds or surgical sites. If your family member has a chronic condition, learn how to monitor that condition and know when to contact the doctor.
2. Make the Home Safe
Visit your local medical supply store for grab bars, shower chairs, and other supplies that will help your loved one move about their house and manage their personal hygiene safely. Watch how the person in your care uses the home and put the objects they use frequently within reach, and remove potential tripping hazards from the floor.
3. Try Home Delivery
Even the most dedicated in-home caregivers are not available 24/7. Consider using an online grocery or meal delivery service to help your loved one get the supplies they need regularly. This will create a sense of independence for your family member and take something off your “to do” list as well.
4. Don’t Neglect Emotional & Social Needs
It can be easy to get caught up in your family member’s medical and safety needs and forget they also need to feel emotionally and socially connected. Invite close friends and family for visits, take time to read or watch television together, or simply ask your loved one about their day.
Family members who become in-home caregivers for loved ones are at high risk for stress and illness. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, and use these tips to make your loved one’s home life as safe and happy as possible. CareResource Hawaii in Honolulu, HI, offers quality, compassionate home health care services. Whether your loved one needs transportation, companionship or full-time care, their trained professionals go above and beyond to help clients retain the independence and dignity they deserve. Call (808) 691-4663 or contact CareResource Hawaii online to learn how they can help.