Staying Ahead of Caregiving Medical Complexities
In a 2012 nationwide survey of family caregivers, 46 percent reported they performed medical/nursing tasks for their ill loved ones. Some of these care tasks for elderly family members with multiple, chronic physical or cognitive conditions include:
- Administering intravenous medications.
- Cleaning surgical wounds.
- Operating breathing equipment.
- Treating pressure sores.
- Providing incontinence care/changing adult diapers.
In the survey by the AARP Public Policy Institute, of the more than 1,600 family caregivers, almost half reported problems with operating technical equipment including feeding tubes and breathing machines. More than a third of the family caregivers interviewed struggle with monitors for measuring sugar, oxygen and blood pressure of elderly loved ones. Overall, the family caregivers surveyed are fearful of making a critical mistake in caring for their senior or special-needs adult. Additionally, the caregivers have typically received little if any technical training for these often life-sustaining treatments.
If you or someone you know is a family caregiver who is shouldering more of the complex medical tasks of caregiving, Right at Home understands the overwhelming responsibility of adult home care and fatigue family caregivers face. We have services tailored to help ease your caregiving load and give you peace of mind. We can match trained caregivers to assist with specific in-home care needs including the more challenging or multi-faceted medical needs. Right at Home also provides respite care for family caregivers who need occasional breaks to rest and focus on their own health and personal needs.
Whatever your home caregiver situation, it’s reassuring to know that you do not need to handle the complexities of medical care for your aging loved one alone. With extra helping hands, both you and your aging loved one can live with less stress over medical responsibilities and better enjoy your relationship and time together.
In what areas could you use help with the medical/nursing side to in-home family caregiving?