When someone can no longer care for themselves, it is important to allow them to keep their dignity while accepting caregiving at home.
The Need for Caregiving
Every person is unique, so their caregiving should be unique. There are a number of reasons why caregiving is needed.
- Chronic Pain – A variety of reasons can cause chronic pain. Chronic pain can lower a person’s quality of life drastically.
- Auto Immune Disease – Auto immune diseases are degenerative diseases that often inhibit the ability to perform every day tasks. Common auto immune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.
- Stroke – Stroke victims often have difficulties with every day life. A stroke can take away a person’s ability to walk, talk, cook, clean and even use the bathroom.
- Brain Trauma – Brain traumas can reduce the quality of life in a person. A Brain aneurysm, automobile accident, stroke, or sports injury can all cause life changing trauma to the brain.
- Disease – Degenerative diseases can cause a decline in a person’s quality of life. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, and many other diseases can limit your ability to care for yourself; requiring the help of a caregiver.
- Aging – As we age, our bodies change. We recognize that we can no longer do many things that we could do in our youth and professional caregiving can help.
Caregiving & Dignity
Because of the intimacy involved when caregiving for someone, it is important to allow them to keep their dignity.
Three tips for caregiving while maintaining dignity.
- Bathroom Care – Some may feel uncomfortable with someone of the opposite sex as a caregiver. It’s important to recognize their needs when hiring professional caregiving.
- Dressing – If they seem to be embarrassed at having someone dress and undress them, try to keep them covered as much as possible. Utilize large towels or a sheet as a way to keep them covered; giving them the privacy they need.
- Eating – Don’t treat your loved one like a child and argue with them. Those with dementia often forget to eat or have a change in taste buds. Ask their physician about supplements or ways to help increase their appetite.
When caregiving is needed, you have to remember that one person cannot do it alone. Quality of life is important for both the caregiver and the person who needs the caregiving.
Professional caregiving can give you insight and a chance to step away from your situation, while knowing that the person you love is getting the best caregiving possible.
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