Tips For Caring For Elderly Relatives

She was discussing the worries and issues she and her sisters had to deal with in caring for their own mother.

Older people rarely want to go into assisted living or nursing homes.

But what are the alternatives if they become bedridden or can no longer cook or keep house?

And for many of us the physical demands of caring for a loved one may be too much, too. Children in their 60s may have health issues that prevent them from being able to care for parents in their 80s.

Many of us work full time, too.

But parents may need help bathing, washing clothing and linens, cleaning the house, doing yard and home maintenance, preparing meals, taking medications, getting to the doctor and the druggist and lots of other things.

Chronic illnesses that people have as they age make everything even more complicated.

Some one also needs to keep an eye on medications and all the doctors that are prescribing them. A combination of drug interactions and poor communication happen and do great harm.

And if an elderly person has any form of dementia they will be unable to live independently or make decisions. They are as defenseless as a toddler.

Even younger people who have health problems may need 24 hour a day care. Many people who are obese have diabetes and heart problems and are in fact elderly even though they shouldn’t be so ill.

Many people are determined to avoid nursing care.

It’s is not the best option. But for many people who only have Medicare and Medicaid it is the only option if the family can’t handle caring for an elderly relative.

A patient needs to be involved in this decision. Anything else is a legal violation of their rights. Making these choices is difficult for everyone.

We are all just trying to do what is best for our elderly relatives.

It may be helpful for families to consult with a patient advocate, minister, social worker or lawyer to help them evaluate their decisions.

Many elderly people want some kind of change when they lose a spouse. Companionship could help them get past the sadness.

Depression and isolation are both problems for the elderly. Activities available in assisted living situations could make all the difference.

Continence Care ? Professional Nursing For Elderly Patience

As the world population ages and the population of assisted living and convalescent homes increases there is a growing demand for the relatively new nursing specialty of continence care nursing. What makes this specialty different from the regular RN is the fact that the nurse views continence issues from a holistic point of view and prefers “natural” approaches to control or manage the condition as opposed to medication.

The continence care nurse is highly trained in the natural voiding process of the body but also receives intensive instruction in GI, GU and integumentary systems allowing him or her to develop profiles on a patient that can accurately reflect the underlying causes of incontinency.

Aside from assisting in a diagnosis, this nurse is uniquely qualified to assist the patient with the lifestyle changes that may be required to manage the issue.  Bladder diaries, bladder training, monitoring fluids and types of bladder irritating foods, physical therapy and catheter management are all services that the nurse can render to the patient.

Maybe just as important as the specialized training received in both urinary and faecal incontinence is the acceptance by the nurse that this is a medical issue that has the same requirements as any other condition in terms of the nurse dealing with it.  There is not an avoidance of treating incontinence, it is a choice of the nurse.  This can make a big difference in how the patient perceives the treatment.  Rather than being ashamed, if they are treated by a professional who offers respect and no judgement, the patient will be much more comfortable.

This nursing specialty is going to be in continued high demand as our population lives longer and grows older.  Faecal incontinence is a leading cause of persons entering convalescent homes and it’s good to know that today there are dedicated medical professionals who will treat the patients with the professional respect they deserve.

 

 

Dryforlife.co.uk has been providing discreet information and products on continence for over 40 years and is an authority in the field.  If you have any questions about this condition please visit our site at http://incontinencehelp.dryforlife.co.uk/continence-care-management/2009/11/24/