Aged care is something we all have to deal with at some point or another, whether we are on the serving or on the receiving end. Hence, first and foremost it is important to approach this subject with utmost empathy and understanding. The process is not an easy one, as it can involve a lot of emotions that could be difficult for both parties to handle. However, in order to ensure the best possible care, it is important to embrace these feelings and then look beyond them so you can make sound decisions as a result. Below are a few tips to help anyone work their way through the process a little better.
Patience is the foundation of aged care. That is how it is has always been, and always will be. Elderly people, especially those who are particularly weak have many requirements, and it is upto those responsible for their care to cater to them without fail. This can be taxing if one is not prepared for what is in store. From bathing to helping them sit up, get dressed, walk and more, there is a lot that they may need assistance with. And it is simply not done to let any frustration or anger out on the patient. If you think you do not or someone does not have the temperament for this job, looking out for other options is best.
Keep Medication In Stock
Aged care means there is also probably a lot of medication that is required, which in turn means that any such medication must always be kept in stock. It is not something that should occur to the carer’s mind at the last minute. From pharmacy supplies to more, it is a responsibility that cannot be ignored. If one is running out, then you can either get it if you are handling in-home aged care, or head out and have it delivered to the nursing home accordingly. Bottom line is, elderly people need the medication they are prescribed, so complete vigilance is essential.
Take Time For Yourself
Whether you are a professional carer or are just caring for a family member, the level of stress is the same. As mentioned above, it is mainly the emotional stress than the physical, so it is important you take the time out for yourself accordingly. It will help you do your job better, and fit the role better as well. You need some fresh air from time to time. Just make sure you do so when your duties are completed.
Carers professional or otherwise, should be genuinely caring people with positive attitudes. If they walk around with a woebegone expression all day, anyone would feel terrible. A sunny demeanour may be difficult to keep up on a regular basis, but whenever it gets hard, take a time-out. It is better than forcing yourself, and after all, you are human too. So do what you need to re-center yourself, and then you can come help others. Always maintain a positive attitude around such patients; it is what keeps them going.