Training a professional caretaker is very important to provide elderly home care. Here are a few tips to train your caretaker.
Introducing the elderly and care responsibilities
- A professional caretaker is new to the elder and your family and hence needs to be guided
- The caretaker may take time to understand the condition of the elderly and their specific care needs. So, talk to the caretaker about the person, the disease and what elderly home care is expected of the caretaker.
- Don’t assume the caretaker would be familiar with all the behavioural challenges related to the elderly person’s disease. This is particularly true of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Train her on how to handle the challenging behaviour of the patient.
- While the caretaker may have handled a person with the same disease, the elderly home care in that context may have been quite different.
Tools that can help in Elderly Home Care
- Prepare a care schedule. Let the caretaker know that it is important to follow the schedule.
- Print a medicine chart detailing the dosage and the time to administer it against each medicine. Paste it in the patient’s room. This is especially useful if the elder has more than 4 drugs a day. When you make the chart, make sure the caretaker understands the language in the chart. You could make it bilingual for better identification of drugs.
- Dedicate time every day for the elderly to exercise. There are active and passive exercises, based on the elder’s health status. Video record the exercise on your mobile and share it with the new caretaker.
- Share the tricks that you may have learnt in the journey as a family caregiver.
Promoting Safe Elderly Home Care
- Teach the caretaker about how to use home appliances safely. Clear instructions on the use of some of the gadgets like the stove, mixer, microwave, washing machine, mixer taps, commode chair, health faucet, the water filter will reduce the possibility of accidents.
- In case the elder uses a wheelchair or walker, explain to the caretaker how to use and maintain it. This is important to avoid accidents.
- Print important emergency phone numbers. Stick this information next to the medicine chart and schedule
- Allow caretakers sufficient rest and ‘me time.
- Caregiving is a tough job. Mental fatigue is common. Our ability to give the caregiver a sense of purpose and advancement determines whether she continues to stay on quits after a brief inning of work