Caregiving at Home

1

Thinking About Home Care

2

Communication

3

Caring For Yourself

4

Setting Up Your Home, Safety and Body Mechanics

5

Preventing Infection in the Home

6

Normal and Abnormal Signs of Aging

7

Meeting Special Needs and Conditions

8

Death, Dying and Hospice Care

9

Providing Personal Care

10

Transfers and Ambulation

11

Basic Healthcare Skills

12

Healthy Eating and Hydration

13

Emergency Care

14

Medications

Over 25 million people care for an ill or elderly loved one in their homes. If you are one of these people, or you know someone who is, Caregiving at Home can help.

Caregiving at Home will help you evaluate your options and make an informed decision about whether providing care in your home is the best solution. It will explain the process of communication and give you strategies for communicating with someone who is hearing impaired, visually impaired, or speech impaired.

Because it is easy to forget your own needs while you are focused on meeting the needs of another person, Caregiving at Home will show you how to monitor your own health and stress level. The principles of body mechanics are explained so that you can use them to make the many physical tasks of caregiving safer and easier.

Your home may need to be modified to make it accessible and usable for your loved one; Caregiving at Home provides checklists and guidelines for making your home safe, practical, and comfortable for all members of the household. Standard precautions, the infection control methods used by healthcare workers as they care for their clients, are described to help you keep your home healthy and free of pathogens.

One of your crucial day-to-day tasks in home care will be deciding when to call your loved one’s physician about a symptom or change. Caregiving at Home describes the normal changes of aging in each body system, as well as signs symptoms that may indicate a problem. The book discusses special conditions that are commonly seen in home care, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and arthritis, and guidelines for care.

If your loved one is ill or elderly, you may be facing the issue of dying and death. Caregiving at Home helps you prepare for the death of a loved one by telling you what to expect and how to make your loved one comfortable during this time.

Caregiving at Home will help you with the day-to-day tasks of caregiving by providing step-by-step procedures for giving personal care and safely assisting with transfers and ambulation. Procedures are also included for basic healthcare skills such as monitoring vital signs, catheter care, and collecting specimens.

People who are elderly or ill may have special difficulties with eating and drinking; Caregiving at Home explains some of these problems and how to make sure your loved one receives optimal nutrition and hydration. You will also learn how to respond in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as how to effectively manage your loved one’s medications.

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