|Consider the following for basic bedside care.|
1. Comfort. When someone is confined to a bed, it is critical that caregivers do anything they can to improve comfort. A great option is to invest in a bed that can be easily adjusted to the needs and desires of the individual. A hospital bed, while expensive, can help to not only improve comfort, but also health. With the push of a button legs can be elevated, position changed, and comfort achieved.
In addition to a comfortable bed, consider other factors. For example, a bedridden individual may worry about falling out of the bed. Bed rails can provide emotional comfort to them, as well as give them a support handle to hold on to when adjusting or getting out of bed. Bedside organizers can also provide comfort by being an easy to access location for things like the television remote, pain medications, or even lotions and other hygiene items.
As a caregiver, take time to make sure the temperature is pleasant, the lighting is pleasant, and that your loved one feels as comfortable as possible.
2. Grooming and hygiene. Grooming and hygiene are a critical component in bedside care. Bedridden individuals still need to be bathed, changed, and groomed. Look for tools such as hair shampooers to help make grooming and hygiene easier.
Many bedridden individuals can’t get up to use the bathroom, and must rely on incontinence products and urinals to manage their bladder and bowels. Adult diapers, bed pans, and other absorbent products can be very useful. Consider skin care, as prolonged exposure to urine and feces can cause damage and breakdown to skin. Also, consider purchasing bed pads which offer protection for the mattress in case of leaks.
3. Emotional and mental care. This is something that should be considered basic bedside care, as it is a big part of health. When someone is bedridden, they are dependant on others for all of their basic needs and care. This can take a mental and emotional toll. This often exhibits itself as restlessness, agitation, irritation, and frustration, and leaves caregivers feeling underappreciated and just as frustrated. Caregivers should remember that the emotional health of their loved ones is a serious concern, and not something to be overlooked. Take time each day to address mental and emotional health. Talk to your loved one about things other than their care, and help them find ways to overcome the restlessness and frustration.
The Caregiver Partnership, provides tools and resources for making life easier for both the caregiver and the one receiving care. Or call one of their product specialists at 800-985-1353 M-F 9-4 Central.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visithttp://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.