There are many ways that non-medical caregiving can help maintain and even improve your health. Our caregivers maintain detailed care logs that can help spot changes that require special attention. Additional examples include:
Meal Planning, Preparation, and Monitoring Intake
Good health and safety from falls is often intricately linked to good nutrition and a healthy diet. This need becomes increasingly important for one’s ability to live independently—often just at a time many seniors lose interest in eating. We will work with you to find the foods you like while keeping an eye towards a balanced intake of protein, fat and carbohydrates to ensure you are getting enough of and which you may be getting too much of. If your doctor has ordered a special diet we will work with you to find menus that follow those restrictions but that you like. Our caregivers monitor food purchases to avoid waste and to improve healthy and delicious choices.
Medicine Reminders, Monitoring Vital Signs, and Daily Weighing,
Medication compliance can be a challenge even for the most diligent seniors….one tablet two times a day, three capsules four times a day, and two gel caps before bed. Our care plan includes a detailed list of medications, and we will work with you to find the best method of ensuring you are reminded and remain in compliance with your prescriptions. Improper use of medications can lead to confusion and memory loss or an increased risk for falls—both of which can lead to unnecessary hospital admissions, or moves to higher level of institutional care.
Caregivers are also able to assist in more ways than just prescription drug regimens. Health compliance includes ensuring that self-directed exercises are being completed, that therapy appointments are made and kept and more. Should there be a lack of understanding about recommended treatments, caregivers can help recognize the issues and work to alert care managers and health-care providers to receive clarification.
Non-medical caregivers who have demonstrated knowledge of taking vital signs can do so, so long as the results are not used to alter medical care. For example: increasing a medication. For many chronic conditions, regularly monitoring of vital signs can help alert you to problems quickly, and prevent serious unrecognized changes. Daily weighing is another way to spot changes that require medical attention.
Exercise and Range of Motion
Doctors often recommend exercise either as part of rehabilitation, or to maintain strength and stamina. Our caregivers will work with you and your care team to encourage and assist your safety in carrying out your exercise needs.