Taking care of a patient or loved one can be challenging at times. We would like to share a few suggestions to consider:
As a caregiver, it is important to have a positive attitude. Take into consideration the patients condition and the life changes they are experiencing. Showing kindness goes a long way in care-giving.
Take pleasure in providing the best care for your patients and loved ones.
Listen closely to their concerns and be attentive to their needs.
Make sure their environment is clean, safe and clutter free.
If possible, spend a little extra time reading, watching a special program or just sit quietly. They will appreciate the time you share with them.
Tips for Effective Care-giving
Communicate. Having frequent and effective communication with the patient, loved one or family is important. Choose your words carefully. Your tone of voice will affect how people will respond to you. In other words, season your words with grace.
In ensuring that your patient receives the best care, work as a team and stay unified with other staff and family members, use all resources available.
After Hospitalizations Manage Medicine Carefully
Around 200,000 older adults are hospitalized each year because of adverse drug reactions. Here are some common causes of medication mistakes, and tips on how to prevent them.
Some patients experience vision problems causing them to misread the small print on labels.
Some simply forget to take their medication.
Some patients and loved ones are on a fixed income and sometimes must choose between purchasing their needed medications or other personal necessities. Because of this, they often take less of the dose prescribed or go without for long periods of time.
How to Remedy the Problems
Ask the pharmacist to label the medication in a larger print size.
Utilize a pill organizer. There are various products available to assist a patient in managing their medication times and dosages. Speak with the pharmacist.
Staff and or family members can talk with the patients physician regarding the use generic medications. These are the same medicines as their name-brand counterparts but are less expensive.
Always do your best in providing the highest level of care, comfort and safety for your patient and loved ones.