One Caregiver’s Decision in Palm City, FL
Cara was working for a home care agency and had been doing this work for more than 10 years. She had quite a bit of experience providing home care for a wide range of individuals. Some were people who required very little care and others required constant, nearly around-the-clock care. This time, the patient was going to need help getting out of bed and into a wheelchair, getting into and out of the shower and onto the shower seat, getting on and off the toilet, preparing meals, doing laundry, and many other things.
Cara was not thrilled about the assignment simply because she understood the safety issues that were going to arise from this level of care. She was not a large woman, didn’t have a tremendous amount of strength, and even though she had gone to a lot of training seminars about proper lifting and assisting techniques, there were limitations for her based on her size and strength.
She talked to her supervisor about the situation and was told that there were no other in-home care providers available at the moment. This was an assignment that she had to take. When she told them that she simply wasn’t going to be able to do it, her supervisor practically begged her to help out. They told her that this patient had to get some level of help otherwise he was going to be in a serious situation.
So, Cara decided to take on this assignment out of compassion for the elderly gentleman. The first thing that she did was to assess the situation and determine the safest ways to get him in and out of bed. She wasn’t about to hurt her back or cause injury to the patient because she wasn’t able to support him properly. She found out that the elderly patient had a neighbor who was more than willing and capable of assisting her as needed.
The elderly patient didn’t have a problem with this neighbor coming over to help them out, but he wasn’t going to be too happy with those intimate situations, such as showering or going to the bathroom.
Cara focused on her own safety first as a caregiver. She knew from experience that if she didn’t, she was not only placing herself in harm’s way, but that could also create a dangerous situation for the patient as well. If you are a caregiver, don’t ever neglect your own safety to help the patient. It will put you at risk as well as the patient and that is the most important thing to avoid.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of caregivers in Palm City, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today: (772) 678-3324.