How to Understand Palliative Care

Palliative Care

  In a word, Palliative Care The first thing to remember, palliative care is the care that is given during a course of treatment involving chronic illness.  In light of, it is given to senior parents who are terminally ill and suffering from debilitating symptoms.  In other words, is meant for those senior parents who want … Read more

How to Give Your Senior Parent TLC After a Stroke

TLC after a Stroke

  What to expect after a Stroke First of all, a stroke is a debilitating condition.   And a common occurrence among individuals aged 65 years and above.  In other words, after an attack of a stroke, there are many forms of disabilities that set in.  For these reasons, these disabilities are often severe and … Read more

12 Useful Gadgets For Your Senior Parents

  Helpful Gadgets for Family Caregivers First of all, Our normal daily routine gets crazy when our senior parents get sick.  From giving them medications to taking them to their doctor appointments, it becomes our prime duty.  By the same token, leaving them alone at home does not give us a peace of mind.  What … Read more

How to Fall and Get Up from the Floor When No One is Around

 

Man fallen on floor|How to Fall and Get Up from the Floor When No One is Around

Assisting the Patient to Fall 

First of all, If you are with a patient who becomes weak or dizzy during a transfer or ambulation, try to ease them down to the floor.  Grasp the patient firm around the waist, using the gait belt if one is available.   Lower the patient to the floor by bending your knees and keeping your back straight.  Do not try to stop a fall because both of you could get injured.

If there is another person in the home, call for help. Check for injuries, and call 911 if necessary. If there are no obvious injuries, help the patient into a comfortable position on the floor. Use pillows, blankets, etc. Allow the patient to rest. You should take a few deep breaths and try to remain calm. Decide if you are able to  assist the patient to get up or if you will need extra help.  If you do not feel confident about moving your patient, do not attempt it.  Call for help.

Assisting Yourself to Get Up When No-One is Around

If you have fallen, DO NOT PANIC.  How you respond after the initial fall can create added injuries than the fall itself.  Once you are down, do not try to get up to fast.  Assess the situation to make sure there are no severe injuries.  STAY CALM, breathe easy, and if you are not hurt; then try to get up with these techniques. In conclusion If you are injured, call 911 or yell for help.

 

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How to Take a Blood Pressure Manually

Bloodpressure

    0:00 everyone it’s Sarah with registered nurse RN . com and today I’m going to go 0:03 over with you how to take a blood pressure manually in the hospital 0:07 settings we are blessed because we have automatic blood pressure monitors that 0:11 take her blood pressure is constantly for patients but there are times in … Read more

Wonderful Devices for Ambulation

assistive devices for ambulation

 

Man and woman walkingWonderful Devices for Ambulation

Ambulation 

It is important to realize, the term ambulates means “to move the body by walking with or without assistance.” Another key point, once the patient has tolerated sitting in a chair, the next step is to begin to walk. Also, the physical therapist will instruct the patient and caregiver about any special techniques required and will prepare a schedule for daily ambulation. As a result, your role as the home caregiver is to assist their patient, as needed, making sure that the physical therapist’s directions are followed. Sometimes the patient may want to walk longer than the directions allow. Always follow the physical therapist’s directions.

When assisting your patient to walk, follow these general rules:

  • Assist patient in putting on the gait belt, if needed.
  • Assist patient to the standing position, then count to 10 before proceeding.
  • Stand by the patients’ weaker side and slightly behind.
  • Grasp gait belt in back with one hand while placing another hand in front of collarbone on the weaker side.
  • Do not rush the patient; be patient—allow plenty of time.
  • Practice good body mechanics.
  • If the patient becomes tired, wait a few moments before proceeding.
  • Calmly encourage and reassure the patient, as needed.

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