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If you PANIC first, then you are in the WRONG field! (Active Caregiver)

Safety at home is one of the most important concern in every aspect of senior care.

Today many in the senior community, desire to remain at home as they get older.

They do so because, being in the comfort of their own home means longevity.

This is almost always true, because with that arrangement, independence is encouraged, because it is a dignity that is long held on to during age.

Being able to remain at home surely makes that possible.

There is, however a concern for at-home safety.

Home safety must be thought through thoroughly, and the necessary changes be made, to their surroundings. These changes are usually made over a period of time, as he or she progresses with age and health issues.

Lifestyle changes are usually along these lines; Physical Challenges (lack of nobility, assistance with ADL, Mental Impairment and the loss of a spouse)

Lack of mobility may be addressed by adopting the physician’s prescription for PT, as well as regular encouraged walks and range of motions, by caregiver. These activities are usually supervised by caregivers. Outdoor activities should also be encouraged, because regular social interaction will only serve as a reminder for him or her, that he or she is still apart of everyday society. This activity may be accompanied by the use of walking aids (canes, walkers and wheelchairs) the caregiver may also take along a gait belt, as directed by PT.

During this period though, some seniors do endeavor to continue doing or assisting with some ADL’s.

When this happens, the assigned caregiver will supervise, making sure that pots and pans, utensils and all other necessary items be placed within easy reach, as well as paying attention to avoid spills and burns. In the meantime, the caregiver should participate by doing the risker kitchen tasks. This is because ‘your clients safety will always be your first priority.’

Important Home Safety Precautions

In order to create a safer home environment, you should make sure that, grab bars in the appropriate locations of the clients living spaces are installed. Reference the client’s occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist for guidelines.

Assist and encourage de-cluttering various areas of the home. (hallways, remove area rugs, and throw-carpets. Provide adequate lighting in all areas of the home.

Maintain smoke detectors,extinguishers and water sprinklers.

Clients must be encouraged to wear the appropriate shoes and feet coverings, as well as head coverings, depending on the weather. Pants and slacks may be recommend for females as opposed to skirts and dresses.

 

At-home accidents

In the event of an accidental slip and fall, or even a fire! the attending caregiver must be prepared and know what to do and who to call.

First Aid and CPR are necessary skills, that the caregiver should have.

The active caregiver is required to know what to do if the client is choking, or is experiencing cardiac arrest.

The Caregiver must know how to behave, who to call and what to do first!

If you panic first, you are in the wrong field!

Bathroom and bedroom safety!

Should your client fall out of bed, or fall as he or she is getting out of it.

Should he or she slip and fall in the shower, or sit on the floor instead of the toilet seat!

What should you do? Scream! Panic!....absolutely not, you should know how to behave and what to so first.

Dining Room Safety

Placing the client’s chair in the correct position at the table is important. If he or she occupying a wheelchair, than it too, must be appropriately placed at the dining table.

Do not served too hot food! Instead serve hot and cold foods at a comfortable temperature.

Feeding

The caregiver may be required to assist with feeding. Do not pass the spoon or fork too fast, stuffing the client’s mouth is a no-no!

Always use the proper utensils.

Allow sipps of liquid at a moderate pace, allowing the client to complete a swallow.

Cognitive Impairment

This is a challenge that is lived by many senior citizens. In cases like these, the caregiver will require the proper training as it relates to the client’s needs. Cognitive Impairments may be any one of the various forms of DEMENTIA. You must know how to act and what to do. You must understand this CHALLENGE!

Some things you may want to be aware of are, wandering, confusion, disorientation, combative behaviors, sun-downing, refusing a necessary activity.

Can’t stress it!

Assigned caregiver, you must know what to do!

And, throughout your every day activity with your client,

His or her SAFETY is your FIRST PRIORITY!

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