Elderly care: how to organize the process correctly?
Unfortunately, with age comes not only experience, but also illness. Even those who in their youth could boast of excellent health experience various ailments in their old years. It happens that the character of a person does not change for the better with age - there is nothing fun in old age and illnesses, besides, many elderly people feel that time has taken them to the sidelines of life. They suffer from loneliness, from lack of demand, and sometimes from helplessness. That is why caring for the elderly is a difficult and responsible business, which requires patience and tact, as well as special medical skills and knowledge of psychology and geriatrics. And, of course, time - elderly people, like small children, sometimes cannot take care of themselves on their own, they need help even in the simplest daily activities. Many people believe that no one can take care of elderly relatives better than themselves. Others are financially motivated, as self-care for the elderly is the only free option. If you think your family will be best at home, under your supervision, there are a few very important points to consider. First, if you decide to play the role of a nurse, you will need medical skills, and the more severe the condition of your relative, the more there should be. You should be able to measure pressure, do massage correctly, give injections if necessary, know how to properly care for bedridden patients, how to feed them, be able to notice the first signs of pneumonia and bedsores - constant companions of long immobility, be able to correctly change absorbent products and diapers. Second, you need patience. Elderly care is an endless mission. When you take care of a baby, you understand that in a few years he will become more independent, and all the difficulties are temporary. This is not the case with the elderly. Over time, the situation will get more complicated, and no one will be able to tell how long you will have to be a nurse - a year, two, or 15 years. Caring for a helpless person often becomes an overwhelming challenge for the entire family. It’s hard work that’s tiring, deprives you of the freedom to use your time, and is detrimental to the relationship between family members. And finally, thirdly, your home must meet the needs of an older person. Of course, in theory, you can do without functional beds, handrails throughout the apartment, special equipment for hygiene procedures, and other things, but in practice it is very difficult without them.