10 Tips For Caregivers
There is no secret, helping to care for a sick clients takes a steep emotional toll. One study found that as many as one in three caregivers rate their stress level as high, and half say they have less time to spend with family and friends. But when you’re caring for others, it’s critical that you first take care of yourself. By not doing so, you put yourself at risk of exhaustion, health problems and even total burnout.
1. Start the day with greeting the client: Ask many questions to your clients. For example, how she or he is?
2. Take care of health, both physical and mental: Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently to avoid cross infection. Maintain body posture while handling moving patient to avoid body sprain. Make sure you are getting adequate sleep and rest. Eat food on time to keep yourself healthy. Aseptic technique should followed to avoid infection spread.
3. Take time for yourself: Give frequent break for yourself from work. Work in shift base.
4. Maintain an Intra-Personal relation with client: Care for the client as you would care for your family members. Maintain confidentiality between you and client. Never argue with the client. Try to cope with the client’s behaviour. Psychological support should give to patient.
5. Be an active part of the health care team: As a caregiver, you are an important part of the healthcare team. Provide information about the person’s health and care preferences to team members. This information will help to plan of care.
6. Keep your expectations realistic: Be realistic about your abilities and how much you can do. Be confident about your work. Recognize which are the problems you can solve and which are beyond anyone’s control; focus on the former. Be realistic about the abilities of the person you are caring for.
7. Plan your care: Always plan your care, set a goal on care plan, which will help the caregiver to have a proper result analysis. Ask questions to client’s relative regarding their expectations on care.
8. Recording and reporting: Record all procedure and care given to patient in the form of documents.
9. Communicate: A caregiver should always be a good observer of any discomfort to patient’s health and inform the coordinator and doctor.