6 steps to help you take care of an elderly parent
The elderly after a certain age find it difficult in taking care of themselves. They face many problems even in doing their work. Therefore at that point in life, they need some assistance and guide who can help them in doing their regular tasks with ease and comfort. This elderly care guide can be of two types
1- Personalized elderly care guide
2- Professional elderly care guide
Personalized elderly care guide
In this type of care guide, family members who are unpaid are the caregivers of the senior citizens. These caregivers mostly include their spouse or their children. They do all their work and try to make them feel comfortable and relaxed. The caregivers make sure that all the tasks of the elderly are done on time, and he or she is satisfied with them. They are responsible for giving them their proper medicines on time and keep them clean and hygienic.
Professional elderly care guide
A professional elderly care guide gets carer’s allowance. It is the benefit which the government gives to the people who spend at least 35 hours a week in giving proper care to the people who are disabled or face problem in doing their work due to any mental or physical disability. They include rehabilitation therapists, visiting nurses and social workers who are related to health care. These professional care guides along with taking care of the senior citizen provide them other facilities too and these include speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. They provide them with such services through which they can do the daily activities with ease and comfort and without any burden. The social workers help them in understanding their medical problems and guide them to change their lifestyle which is appropriate and better for their health. Another important task performed by the social workers of the health care is that they make the health care professionals understand the mental state of the patient and also guides them to treat the person accordingly. On the other hand, the rehabilitation therapist provides them with facilities through which if they feel difficulty in speaking which might occur after stroke can be treated. Rehabilitation therapy gives them the confidence to speak and express themselves again. At the initial level the speech therapy is a slow process, but once the person gets started with it, then it proves to be very beneficial. Similarly, the visiting nurses of the home health care notice the mental and physical condition of the patient when is sent back from the hospital. Wound care, pain management, infusion therapies are the major works performed by the visiting nurses and along with that safety instruction for the patient and the education of the family members regarding the elderly person are given by these nurses.