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Tips to Handle Medical Emergencies as a Caregiver

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It is perfectly normal for you to take extra care of your favorite senior, especially when you receive news that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. Helping with meal preparation, feeding them, making their bed, reading to them, etc are done with care. However, with medical conditions come the chances of medical emergencies. Therefore, you need to be clear on every aspect relating to handling medical emergencies. The primary rule that needs to be adhered to in case of medical emergencies is to keep calm. Understand that panicking will prevent you from thinking clearly. Also, it may scare the patient. The tips shared below can help you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies.   Tips To Handle A Medical Emergency As A Caregiver  There are many variables that can go wrong while caregiving and there are no ways to exactly predict all of them. However, the below tips from professional caregivers in senior care and assisted living facilities can help you mitigate missteps.   Have A Checklist Of Necessities  Make sure to have a mobile phone that is fully charged, first aid kits, cash, emergency contact details, and a list of current medications. Besides, keep the phone numbers and names of all the doctors of the person in a visible place. If your senior loved one is suffering from a heart condition, you need to be familiar with using a defibrillator and have one handy. If you are the home caregiver of the person, it will […]

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Understanding The Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living 

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Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) are the abilities and skills that are necessary to do some of the daily tasks associated with independent living. These activities may not be essential for the basic functioning of a person. However, they are contemplated as important to evaluate the self-sufficiency of a person together with their quality of life.    An evaluation of the capability of a person to manage the instrumental activities of daily living is used as a factor to understand whether a person can safely continue to live in their house without any outside help. Typically there are eight key focus areas for IADl and includes: ability to use a phone,  running household tasks and shopping management of finances  dressing and laundry housekeeping  meal preparation transportation management of medication    Functioning Of Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living  There are various scales used to measure the ability of a person to do the instrumental activities of daily living. These include the Katz ADL scale, Lawton IADL scale, Older American Resources, And Services ADL/IADL scale, and the Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale.  Some questionnaires are used by caregivers, family members, and health care professionals to measure the competence of a person with these skills. These are oftentimes used in assessments to find out if seniors can safely live at home independently. Alternatively, these are used to find out the level of services necessary to enable a senior to continue living in their home.  These assessments will allow for objective considerations regarding […]

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Understanding Adult Foster Care 

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Adult foster care is any care that is offered to an adult in a home-based environment. Ordinarily, this type of care is provided to adults with intellectual or developmental impairments. These disabilities can affect their ability to lead a normal life.  Adult foster care usually offers assistance with activities that are a part and parcel of daily living. A few examples include the following ones listed below: Meal preparation  Cleaning and laundry  Personal grooming  Dressing  Climbing stairs and walking  Medication management    Adult foster care is also called small group assisted living, domiciliary care, adult family care, etc. Usually, this type of care is provided in homes with less than six residents, whereas the assisted living homes offer care to large groups. Adult foster care can also ensure the personal safety of the seniors.  How Does Adult Foster Care Work?  Adult foster care provides varying levels of care and this depends on the need of the residents. Therefore this type of care can vary from round-the-clock care to daily drop-ins for help with some tasks. In foster care setups, residents will usually have their quarters with easy access to assistance when they need it.  The availability of staff is the biggest difference between assisted living facilities and adult foster care. Staff will be available and awake round the clock in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Adult foster care homes will also have staff available but they might not be necessarily awake round the clock. This is because the needs […]

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