From A Care Giver’s Diary
Opinionative Definition: Preventative care is identifying and taking the necessary precaution to prevent, stop or slow down an action or occurrence that poses a threat to the quality of life of your loved one or client who is placed in your care.
Preventative care may not be prescribed by a physician, but is a necessary tool that a care giver/attendant may use during care, like bedroom bathroom care. Always keep the surrounding free of hazards that might cause falls, by removing clutter as you allow adequate lighting, proper ventilation and temperature in all the rooms and areas that they may occupy.
As you/we get to know the private actions and behavior of each individual, you/we may watch out for skin discolorations or any unfamiliar signs and symptoms, which may lead to skin tear and ulcers. Look out for the telltale signs of disorientation, confusion and depression, which may lead to various outburst of anger, and aggressive behavior. Also identify mood swings, evaluating that each and every client or person usually behaves differently.
Having an understanding of the functions of the body as one gets older is also necessary and essential, because, the knowledge gained by understanding the emotional, and physical issues that your family members or clients are living with, will help you/us identify problems with blood circulation, dehydration and UTI.
Since Care or Personal Attendants are not medical professionals. It becomes very important to keep an up-to-date log of all changes in behaviors or conditions, solid and fluid intake and output, level of activeness or changes in interest. By doing so you/we will assist the physician or medical professional in what might cause an occurrence.
An essential part of preventative care, is to know who to call if ever there is an emergency. Know where to locate all family numbers and their contact information.
Know who to call first, weather it is appropriate to call the paramedics verses physician or family members, by doing so you/we will establish that you/we understand the urgency of the situation.
Finally, also know where to find items of importance that may only be available at a medical supply store, know where your/our local pharmacy and local Alzheimer’s Association and Community Senior Centers are located, and their contact information.
Preventative care is a very important aspect of home care and should be practiced, as you/we work and communicate effectively with family members and medical professional alike, as a team you/we will be giving the finest care and added quality of life to those who you/we care for at home.
Andria Patricia Harris/Dementia living LLC/June 03, 2014