How to Care for Elderly
There is a lot to do when it comes to taking care of an elderly person. Most of the time you have to take full responsibility when it comes to giving that person care. Depending on what that person may be dealing with, what kind of medical issues they may have; all of those have to do with how the person needs to be taken care of. No two people are the same when it comes to their care. Here is what you have to do on a day to day basis when working in a nursing home and have multiple residents that you need to take care of.
The first thing that you need to know, before you can work with any resident, is that you need to know what each residents care plan is. If you don’t know what kind of care that they need, you won’t know how you will be able to help them throughout the day. What you will find in the care plans is basically everything that you will need to know about the residents. The care plan explains how they transfer, any major medical issues that you will need to know, how much help they will need throughout the day, all the way down to what time they like to get up and to go to bed. Every resident will have this, and they change very often. You want to make sure that you are updated on anything new that may have happened while you were away. Just like I had previously stated, each resident is different, and requires different needs. You want to make sure that you know who needs what, and to never get things mixed up between residents.
The next step really depends on what shift you may be working. I work the first shift, so that’s what I will base everything on. You spend the first two hours getting all residents up and ready for the day. Depending what the care plans say, depends on who gets up when. Some residents are able to get themselves up and ready, where others are fully depended on you. There are plenty of different steps you have to take when it comes to getting a resident ready as well. You need to help them get...