When a family member begins to be dependent, it becomes a challenge to know how to organize things so as to attend to all their needs, as well as combine those tasks with your day-to-day obligations, work and free time.
The most important thing is – don’t panic! Everything has a solution. Performing tasks with perseverance and kindness achieves good results, although you must bear in mind that doing everything by yourself can be highly stressful. We recommend that you have the support of another person, be it another family member, or professional help.
How to care for a dependent family member
Here are some tips to help you. Caring for a dependent family member at home is not an easy task, and you have to take into account the various factors we highlight below:
Physical and emotional needs
With paper and pencil in hand, make a list of all the physical and emotional needs of the family member.
It is very important to highlight aspects such as: walks once a day to sunbathe or get fresh air, chat with him / her, allergies, medication to be given, meals, etc. Once the list is complete, you can see how to address those needs and what resources you will need in order to do so.
Remember that taking care of a dependent person does not only include food, hygiene and medication. Taking care of a person means treating them as such, giving them enough conversation so that they feel understood and heard, getting them to socialize with close circles, giving them attention, affection and occasional treats.
Ultimately, they must feel loved and cared for.
Establish daily routines
Setting a schedule is key to a healthy lifestyle. It is important that the person has an dayly routine. For example, in the morning breakfast at 9:00 a.m., a walk at 11:00 a.m., visits at 12:30 a.m., lunch at 2:00 p.m., etc.
This will help the person to maintain their quality of sleep, while being physically and mentally active during waking hours.
Meal plan and medication supply
Older people begin to reduce the amount and variety of foods in their diet, something that does not favor their health at all. So it is necessary to have a balanced approach to daily meals. Their diet must include all the necessary nutrients in each meal (vitamins, protein, etc.).
With regard to the supply of medicines, remember to keep a record of all the doses supplied throughout the day so that there is no confusion. A pillbox and a notebook will be enough to keep track of the medication.
Home care professionals
These tips will help you to take care of your family member in a more organized and simple way, but remember that it is always advisable to have the help of home care professionals to cover technical or health needs.
At Angels Caring we have a great team of professionals: caregivers, nurses and medical practitioners, and we collaborate with the most prestigious hospitals on the Costa del Sol.
Remember that your family member will be in good hands with us, our job is to help improve the lives of dependent people and meet their needs with all our love and professionalism.
If you have a relative who wants to come to the Costa del Sol to live, but needs personalized care, contact Angels Caring, a trusted company.
We are in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena.
Visit our website: https://angelscaring.com/
Call us: 658 889 044 (we speak all languages