A bedridden patient needs a full-time and full-aspect care, which is not an easy job. Caregiving here refers to taking good care of the bedridden patients both in the physiological and psychological way. Here are some key points for a better caregiving.
Hygiene comes first among all caring things. Basic hygiene for the bedridden patient includes several aspects. For example, daily bathing is good for most patients. Besides, grooming can make patients feel happier with a thorough dental brushing, proper trimmed nails and clean haircuts and shaving. Of course, clean clothes should be offered on a daily basis.
2. Bed Linens
The frequency of bed lines changing makes a huge difference. In general, 2-3 days needs a change. It’s not exaggerated because bedding for the bedridden is easily soiled by food, bed baths, dirt, and skin particles. For those with incontinence problems, incontinence supplies are good helper and they also need frequent changing.
Good nutrition even matters for ordinary, not to mention the patients. A well-balanced diet makes a fast and good recovery.
In addition, follow the doctor’s instructions in mind.
Bedsores are a hard nut for the bedridden patients. It results from sitting or lying in one position for long periods of time. To put it simply, when you sit a place for a long time, your buttocks stand your body’s weight for a long time as well. And this pressure makes body painful and uncomfortable.
Good news is that bedsores are easy to avoid. On the one hand, bedridden ones should be repositioned or readjusted every few hours. On the other hand, the certain areas of the patient such as heels, ankles, hips, and tailbone should be checked from time to time.
Taking care of the bedridden patient in all respects cannot work without enough patience.
In the first place, you should understand the patient who is trapped by evil diseases as much as possible. Their anxieties may beyond you, and your patience and empathy are the cure.
Secondly, be aware of your energy limitation. Don’t let the fatigue beat you down in one day as the caregiving work is a long period challenge. You’d better arrange the everyday tasks in order.
Finally, you are free to talk with the patients so that both of you can understand each other. But you should bear it in your mind that more understanding to the patients is always needed.