It’s not unusual for people to need more support as they get older and family members often want to step in and provide assistance. To do this effectively, you’ll need to ensure that you have the right equipment available. As well as being able to assist an elderly relative more safely, using specialist equipment can also help people to increase their mobility and relieve discomfort. To learn more about how to care for an elderly relative, take a look at some of the equipment that may be needed:
1. Manual or Motorised Wheelchairs
If your relative has trouble getting around or falls frequently, a wheelchair can be a great option. Not only will it enable them to get around the house more easily, but it will also ensure that they’re able to spend time outdoors. Without access to a manual or motorized wheelchair, elderly people with mobility issues can lose their confidence and stop leaving the house. With reliable support, however, you can ensure that your relative is able to move around with confidence.
2. Pressure Care
If an elderly relative spends a lot of time sitting or is bedridden, pressure care products are essential. When used appropriately, they significantly reduce the risk of pressure sores and prevent damage to the skin. Pressure care mattresses, cushions and heel pads can all be used to optimise a patient’s well-being and are an effective method of preventative healthcare.
Remember – pressure sores can develop rapidly, particularly in older people. If your relative is typically fairly active but their mobility has been temporarily limited due to illness or injury, using pressure care equipment can be extremely important.
3. Lifts and Hoists
When someone is unable to move without assistance, it’s vital to be able to move them safely. With specialist lifters and hoists, you can help your relative to move from a sitting to a standing position or assist them with getting in and out of the bath, for example. Attempting to manoeuvre someone without the right equipment can be dangerous and increases the risk of injury. However, it won’t only be your relative’s well-being that’s at risk; many caregivers experience injuries if they attempt to lift or manoeuvre a patient without using appropriate equipment.
Taking on the Role of a Caregiver
Becoming a caregiver requires a considerable amount of dedication and determination because it’s not an easy role. No matter how much you love your relative, it’s important to recognise the challenges you’ll face as a carer. By doing so, you can take steps to protect your own health and well-being as you’re providing care to a member of your family.
Arranging for other family members to provide support can give you the opportunity to take a break, for example. Alternatively, arranging respite care at an assisted living facility or hiring live-in carers can be another way to ensure your relative gets the support they need while also taking care of yourself.
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