How to Provide Home Care to a Loved One in Need

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that at some point, people we care about are going to fall ill. Whether it’s your mother, father, husband, or wife, providing the necessary care for an ill person can be a bit more difficult than you’d initially expect. While using a trained professional to help you provide the comfort and assistance necessary can be a great help, for some people it’s not an option. In those cases, there are a few excellent guidelines to keep in mind that will help you provide effective care to your loved one in need.

Be Compassionate

Changing bedpans, helping a person dress, and feeding someone can all start to desensitize you, so it’s important when providing care that you always remember that, even though your loved one is ill and unable to take care of their usual daily activities, they are still the same person that you love. Even if your loved one is unresponsive to external stimuli, talk to them whenever you’re helping them. Although the words may or may not be getting through to them, talking to them as if everything is normal will help to give you a constant reminder of the person lying there on the bed.

Be Attentive

Nothing is more frustrating than being bed-ridden, especially when you know that you’re causing difficulty for your family or friends. If you are caring for a loved one that is confined to a bed, make sure that you always keep in mind that no matter how frustrating it is to help them with so many mundane activities, odds are that the experience is much more frustrating, and possibly humiliating, for them. So, when they ask you for something, or are clearly in need of something, be as attentive as possible. When caring for a person in your home, you are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and it’s important to acknowledge and internalize that fact. The more attentive you are to the needs of your loved one, the easier the entire process will be for both you.

Be Efficient

To make sure that you’re providing adequate care to your loved one, you’ll want to ensure that you practice each of your duties to make sure that you are performing them as efficiently, and correctly, as possible. While dressing yourself in the morning may be second nature, you will be shocked to find how difficult it is to help another person dress. The same goes for helping people walk, helping them use the toilet, or even feeding them. There are services that will help train you how to provide for your convalescent loved one, but simple practice at home can also suffice. At the beginning, you may struggle to provide the home care that a trained professional would be able to provide, but as long as you are compassionate and attentive, there’s a good chance that efficiency will come as a natural byproduct.