November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is the first in a series of blogs about caring for elderly loved ones at home.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association, there are more than 65 million family caregivers in the United States. Care providers play a vital role in our society, and they rarely receive the acknowledgement they deserve.
If you care for a family member, there are many steps that you can take to keep your loved one happy and healthy.
Transitioning from independent living to relying on others is stressful and frustrating for seniors. Caregivers can ease this by pointing out what their loved ones are still capable of doing on their own. When possible, seniors should be allowed to make their own decisions and try to retain family connections.
It is crucial that your loved one is provided adequate medical attention. Carefully monitoring your loved one’s food, water and drug intake is essential. It is also helpful to install guardrails, to clear walkways of debris, and to keep your loved one’s living area clean and organized to prevent a slip and fall accident.
There are many ways you can help your loved one feel comfortable at home. Placing a small pitcher full of water within reach will promote hydration. Taking down mirrors can help prevent confusion, as reflections can be bewildering for some elderly patients. Large dials and number pads can help your loved one use the phone or television remote without assistance.
While you would only want to provide exceptional care for your elderly family members, there are many others who may exploit and injure your loved ones. A skilled Dallas nursing home abuse lawyer from Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP can offer you support if you feel your loved one has been neglected or abused. Contact us today to get your family members the justice they deserve.