When a senior suddenly becomes bedridden, the family members are often overwhelmed by how to assist the senior to perform all their activities of daily living in bed. The senior requires round-the-clock attention which requires a lot of coping for the family members.

When Mrs. Prafulla Mukhi became temporarily bedridden after developing an infection in the spinal cord, her family found it difficult to manage all aspects of care on the bed and decided to hire a professional caregiver from Life Circle. Talking of her experiences with Life-Circle’s caregivers for nearly two years since then, Mrs. Sridevi the daughter-in-law of the patient says that Pulasam Kalpana was their favorite caregiver who cared for her in the bedridden phase for 6-7 months, “She knew how to get the job done and had the knack. She would somehow make her take the medicines. (She) Would tell stories (to get the patient to co-operate). (She) Would make her exercise as per the physiotherapist’s advice. She completely took over from the first day.”

Aspects of care for a bedridden patient

Firstly, the caregiver makes sure that the patient is clean and follows daily hygiene practices like sponging , maintaining oral hygiene, change clothes, comb hair, trim nails etc.

An area to which caregivers pay special attention is prevention of bedsores. Re-positioning the patient every few hours and performing a few passive movement exercises in bed can easily prevent bedsores.

While eating, caregivers support the patient’s head and back with the help of few pillows or a back rest and help them sit up (at least in a semi reclining position) and offer smaller size bites, sips. Seniors will usually take longer. Caregivers know that they’ve got to be patient and it’s normal for a mealtime to last up to an hour.

Our caregivers can support patients having different toileting needs and maintain perineal hygiene. Some bedridden patients are able to use a bedpan while those with incontinence use diapers and some are on catheters. Changing a bedridden adult’s diaper is different from changing a baby’s. You have to roll the patient onto her (his) sides as you clean up which can be challenging if the patient is medium or heavy built.

Bedding can get soiled from food, bed baths, dirt, skin particles etc. Changing bed-sheets every day is recommended for bedridden patients as they are most vulnerable to infections. A skilled caregiver can change bed-sheets while the patient stays on the bed.

In addition to this, a bedridden patient obviously goes through a lot of distress and that may make her angry, upset and go through mood swings. Our caregivers understand the patient’s needs and requests and empathize.

Mrs Prafulla Mukhi’s recovery

Because of her condition, the patient underwent a minor surgery. After nearly a year and a half of medication, physiotherapy, dietary changes, the patient is able to sit up, use the bathroom and walk independently. Mrs. Sridevi mentions , “The recovery was miraculous and would not be possible without the help of caregivers from Life-Circle who worked with the patient on a daily basis following the advice of doctors and physiotherapists.”

At Life Circle

Our trained caregivers offer quality care to many bedridden patients. A qualified nurse constantly supports caregivers on their job and ensures that they follow a personalized care plan. they also train them on specific requirements related with a patient’s condition.

About the author

Madhumita is a familial caregiver to her mother-in-law who lives with dementia and a full-time mom of a bubbly 3-year-old. She meets and interacts with Life Circle’s clients to understand various aspects of Geriatric care and care needs with the aim of serving our clients in a better way.

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