• 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 or quit after a brief inning of work.
  • Do not assume that the attendant would immediately understand the Patient, their illness and their needs. Share the tricks that you may have learnt of in the journey as a family caregiver, with the professional caretaker on her first day.
  • Don’t assume the caregiver would be familiar with all the behavioural manifestations of the diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, train her on how to handle such a challenging behaviour of the patient
  • Print a medicine chart detailing the dosage and the time to administer it against each medicine and paste it in the patient’s room.
  • Prepare a timetable, for the first 2-3 days, let them know that you are particular about the timetable being followed. Allow caregivers sufficient rest and ‘me time’.
  • Print all important emergency phone numbers. Stick this information next to the medicine chart and timetable.
  • Dedicate time everyday for exercise. Massage can also help. Video record the exercise regime on your mobile and share it with the new caregiver, to be used as a guideline.
  • In case the patient uses a wheelchair or walker, explain to the caretaker how to use it.
  • Please talk about how to use home appliances like microwave, water filter etc on the caregiver’s first day.

 

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