Top 10 Requirements Of A Family Caregiver

Family Caregiver|Answers to your caregiving questions

  Family Caregiver – What does it take?  Becoming a family caregiver requires massive organization and patience. Family caregiving is one of the growing senior issues. Caregiving can happen at a moments notice.  Every situation is going to be different and may need different things. Here are the fundamentals of caring for your loved ones. … Read more

How To Care For Our Loved One With Late-Stage Dementia

  A life with dementia   Dementia is a serious problem that makes life difficult for our loved one. Dementia is a life limiting condition which presents itself with aggressive speech. Accompanied by confusion and progressive cognitive decline. As a result of all these, our loved one become frustrated. Making their behavior very difficult to … Read more

How To Care For Your Loved One With A Cancer Diagnosis

Man discussing cancer with doctor

What is cancer   Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body.  Or a malignant growth or tumor resulting from the division of abnormal cells. It is a disease that can occur at any age.  It is the leading cause of mortality amongst the age … Read more

How I Found My Passion For Caregiving

Passion for Caregiving

  Caregiving In the Beginning I started my caregiving at a young age. My father was a Seaman and my mother was always sick.   So, I had to grow up and assume the responsibilities of the household and become a caregiver. I cooked, cleaned, cared for my mother, paid all household bills and cared for … Read more

How To Care With Tender Loving Care

 

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Caring for our loved ones

has been a daunting task, a humbling experience, and a gratifying resolution that we have had to face from the beginning of time.  I am here listen, answer, and teach you whatever you need to know to be the ultimate caregiver.

Male caregiver assisting patient|How To Care With Tender Loving Care

Aging or illness does not have to result in giving up your home or your lifestyle.  Caring for others is a difficult undertaking, I will guide you in everything there is to know about caring for others.

Female nurse helping patient|How To Care With Tender Loving Care

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, one parent worked and the other stayed home to care for the kids and grandparents. In the ’80s, both mother and father had to work to make ends meet. Now in the twenty-first century, kids have to help care and support their parents and even their grandparents. Kids have to leave to go to other states to find adequate work, leaving the parents to fend for themselves or hire outside help. It’s so hard to know who is right or whom to trust.

FUNDAMENTALS OF CARE 
  • SANCTUARY—Protect yourself and keep your patient safe from harm by preventing injuries.
  • CONFIDENTIALITY—With the agreement of your patient, keep his or her business private; do not allow private things to be seen or overheard by other people.
  • MORALITY—Treat your patient with respect at all times.
  • ARTICULATION—Be available to talk, listen, and respond to your patient’s thoughts and feelings. Explain everything as you go.
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY—Encourage your patient to do as much as possible.
  • IMPURITY MANAGEMENT—Help control the spread of germs by following Universal Precautions. Following Universal, Precautions means that you should treat all blood and certain body fluids as if they are known to be infectious. Take precautions to protect yourself and your patient from getting an infection by wearing disposable gloves when performing certain tasks in which you may come in contact with your patient’s blood or other body fluids.
RULES TO CARE BY 
  • BE A GOOD AUDIENCE—Try to stop what you are doing, no matter how important it is, and listen to what the person says. Talking may be your patient’s greatest need at the moment.
  • BE HONORABLE—Do not gossip about your patient with the rest of your family or friends. Respect your loved one’s privacy.
  • BE RELIABLE—Do what you say you are going to do when you say you will do it.
  • DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE ILL-TEMPERED—Remember that your patient may be angry at his illness or condition, not to you. Do not take the anger personally and do not let it affect the kind of care you provide.
  • MANAGE YOUR FEELINGS—You will likely have strong emotions as you care for your patient. Find someone you can talk to, such as a counselor in a community organization or a support group. Arrange to take a break from caregiving when you feel overwhelmed.
CARING FOR THE PATIENT

ABSOLUTELY NEVER!

  • ARGUE rather AGREE
  • REASON rather DIVERT
  • SHAME rather DISTRACT
  • LECTURE rather REASSURE
  • UTTER “REMEMBER” rather REMINISCE
  • VERBALIZE “I TOLD YOU” rather REPEAT AGAIN
  • MENTION “YOU CAN’T” rather DO WHAT YOU CAN
  • COMMAND/DEMAND rather ASK/MODEL
  • CONDESCEND rather ENCOURAGE/PRAISE
  • FORCE rather REINFORCE

Male caregiver pushing female client|How to care with tender loving care