As a human being, we cannot deny the fact that we will grow old, lost the ability to move freely due to bad health condition. This is what will happened to our parents as they grew older as well as ourselves in the future. This is what we called a life cycle.
As the family member of the elders, it is common to have the mindset to take good care of the relatives in need. As the community member, it is a shared responsibility to improve and protect the society. However, dealing with aging parents and elderly is very challenging for those who do not have knowledge in caregiving.
Here are some tips as a caregiver to handle sick patients
The very first things to do is to identify what need to be done. What are your parents’ needs and to what extend you must be with them to ensure their safety and welfare? Understand the health condition of the elders by doing some homework about the specific disease suffered by the elders. From here, you can map out what need to be done to assist your love one.
Next is communication. A caregiver must be able to communicate well with the patient. A good communication between one party to another will create a harmonious atmosphere that will affect the patients’ emotion as well as the caregiver.
Emotional control is a crucial aspect that a caregiver must give extra attention. To take care of someone, oneself must develop and maintain a good emotional control.
Find someone to share the load. Family members, friends, community or any party that can help you share the load and reduce your stress. As for example, a friend can help you by giving motivation to take good care of your elders. Siblings can help and support each other during difficult time. Get in touch with community if you cannot handle it by your own.
Maintain a social life that you have with your parents. However, you have to be more creative, flexible and determined to ensure that you have a good quality time with your loved one. Take into consideration about their physical and mental ability to decide the most suitable activities to do together. Remember that healthy body lead to healthy mind.
Do not forget to seek advice from professional caregiver to get tips and necessary advices to help our love one.