Caring for the elderly is one of the most worthwhile jobs that a carer can have.Usually, carers can care for the elderly in a hospital,supported living, and live in care setting.
However, there are those who care for elderly clients through live in- care setting. Yet, the opportunity to have contact with such patients is the very reason many carers get into the profession.
However, there are a few things that carers who care for the elderly should know and consider in order to administer the best care possible.
Tips For Caring For The Elderly
Ø It is vital to know the current medications of all patients, but this information is very vital when caring for the elderly
Ø You want to know this information in order to make sure that they are not given any new medicines that should not be taken with their present medications
Ø Knowing their medications also give you an indication of the types of side effects to look for, in the event that they have unexplained or new symptoms
Ø If you work in a controlled setting, such as nursing homes and hospital, make sure you know and understand any procedures and policies that are geared toward elderly care
Ø If you are a live in carer, you need to have a written contract before you begin service to your elderly patients
Ø These safety measures spell out exactly, what is expected of you, to avoid any error about the type and level of care that you provide
Ø This kind of document should also address the issue of compensation and the service schedule
It is also a noble idea to meet all necessary family members, relatives or anyone else that is close to your patient. Make sure they know what you will be doing and why you‘re doing it. Family members can give you more background on your patients and their family medical history. This valuable information will help you care for your elderly patient.
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