5 Must-Know Tips in Caring for Bedridden Patients
You do not have to be a bedridden patient too to know that their situation is extremely challenging. Not being able to move freely (plus having concurrent health complications) can really plunge you into despair. Helplessness might consume you and the negative spiral would continue. If someone you love is in this terrible state, you can do something to help.
Caring for bedridden patients is not a simple task. It will require commitment, hard work, and most of all, compassion. If you do not have the sufficient knowledge and skill to render them proper assistance, this post will educate you with the basics!
Here are simple tips you can try when supporting immobile patients:
- Keep a sharp eye on their personal hygiene.
The lack of proper hygiene invites destructive elements to infiltrate the body. And since bedridden patients usually have weak immune systems due to inactivity, germs and viruses will not have any trouble coming in. Ideally, patients should be given sponge baths daily. Also, their diapers must be checked thoroughly, especially after a few hours of feeding.
- Change their position often.
What happens if bedridden patients are allowed to stay in the same position all day long? They will be injured. The weight of the body against the skin and the underlying tissues will produce what is called as pressure sores. If unattended, the injury could cause unimaginable pain and discomfort to the patients. Stationed caregivers must remain vigilant.
- Create a healing environment.
Medicines and therapies are not the only factors that help patients recover. Countless studies had already proven that peaceful, organized, and clean environments help hasten the recovery process. On the contrary, if what surrounds the patients are negative elements (e.g. violence), health deterioration usually follows. Though unconscious and immobile, the patients can still subconsciously sense emotional surges, both good and bad.
- Strictly impose a balanced diet.
Firstly, get the experts’ opinion on what foods should the patients have. After which, know the specific proportions that must be given. Usually, these foods are served at timed intervals. Feeding them the right food at the right time not only promotes proper nourishment but also assists the effectivity of some medications.
- Do not be afraid to express your affections.
True. They are no longer as responsive as they were before. However, your communication with them is not totally cut off. Feel free to have chats with them. Let them know that you are always there for them no matter what. Be their strength and life support system.
Your love for your sick relatives is immeasurable, but the time you can spend with them is limited. Do not be guilty if you cannot always stay at their side. When you are not available, Lowenhill Home Care Services can take over! The members of our professional team are always ready to be of service.
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