While the number of family caregivers doing nursing and medical tasks at home is rising, 3 out of 4 of them feel they were not very well prepared for these caregiver skills.
The definition of well prepared can vary from person to person. Sometimes it’s hard to grasp a new caregiver skill when you’re overwhelmed or are distracted. You may feel you need to review something to “get it right.”
Videos can be helpful for this! You can review a video as often as you like when it’s convenient for you. This video from the American Red Cross shows how to take vital signs and give medications. Below the video are some suggestions of where you can get additional help and support.
There are additional videos at the end of the video that may be of help to you. You can also contact your local American Red Cross to see if they have any classes or know where you can get training.
A local technical college or college may have classes, as may other organizations. A social worker or your doctor’s office may also have suggestions for you.
There maybe a charge for training, so be sure to ask if that’s an issue with you.
If you’re getting Hospice or Home Nursing Care, their nurses may be able to train you also.
If you feel uncomfortable with the skill you’re expected to do, be sure to ask for additional help. Sometimes all you need is someone checking your technique. You may be surprised what a difference confidence in caregiver skills can make. You may feel better about yourself and as a bonus reduce your caregiver stress!
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To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, MD
Ambassador of Caregiving at HowToLiveOnPurpose.com
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