As a caregivers we may have clear ideas of what our family member needs.
After all in many cases we have known them our entire lives.
“My father only likes tuna fish for lunch. It’s all he ever eats.” My client eyes my salad so I give him some tomatoes and carrots.
Our view into elderly needs can get obscured by emotion.
Often outside help not only gives relief but new perspective.
As a caregiver I need to flexible for my client and the family. But there are a few things that I will not flex on:
Safety – My client may insist on getting out of bed but she requires two people to assist her. I have to stand my ground for her sake.
Skin care: I’m vigilant on keeping skin dry/clean and keeping bed bound (or chair bound) clients re=positioned regularly. Skin breaks down quickly and isn’t pretty.
Keep an eye on pressure points. Heels, elbows, and the sacrum (where we sit or lay). Pillows and foam can take the weight off a pressure point. If an area is getting red it’s at risk.
So what is your view of the world today?
The view at the top is the opening that looks out to a newly dug well. There’s already a clear path to and from the well.
My friend Micah made a demo for our village children that shows the how the moon and earth revolve around the sun.