What Is Bedside Care?

Bedside care is an important consideration for caregivers with bedridden loved ones. Bedside care is defined as support for bedridden individuals. This includes both physical and emotional support. 

Bedside care is support for bedridden individuals. 
Physical support

Physical support for a loved one can include any number of things, from nutrition considerations to massaging their sore muscles. When a person is bedridden, they need physical help for basic needs such as bathing, bathroom assistance, etc.

Nutrition- What a senior eats is very important. Over two million seniors are malnourished. Even if they are getting enough food, they may not be getting the right foods to provide them with the nutrition they need. Because bedside care requires a lot of work, you may want to consider home delivered meals.

Bathroom assistance- Bedridden individuals need assistance for using the bathroom. Finding the right products including adult diapers, bed pads, and more are needed for bedside care.  Learn more about finding the best bathroom assistance products.

Bathing and sanitation- Bedside care requires helping the bedridden individual to clean their body, skin, hair, etc. This may require a number of products to help make life sanitary, and keep odors to a minimum. Consider an inflatable hair shampooer, as well as various other care products including wipes, cleansing cloths, and more. Learn more about great products for bedside care. 

Emotional support

Emotional support is an important aspect of bedside care. Because bedridden individuals have total reliance on others, addressing their emotional needs is key. It is important for bedridden individuals to have confidence and trust in caregivers. They need to feel like they have someone to rely on, and not feel like a big burden.

In order to provide emotional support, take time to talk to the bedridden individual about their needs. Provide them with products that will help them maintain some independence, such as a BedCaddie, to help them sit up on their own, or a Beam N Read, to give them light to read by, or a bedside organizer to keep things they may need or want handy. When a bedridden individual feels like they can meet at least some of their needs on their own, it gives them confidence and an emotional boost.

If you are concerned about the emotional state of your bedridden loved one, consult with their physician or a therapist.

Proper bedside care can make a huge difference in the quality of life your bedridden loved ones lead. Do what you can, and take advantage of the various products and resources available to you to make your job as a care giver easier.

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