National Nurse’s Week is May 6th through May 12th and offers a perfect opportunity for you to examine what nurses could do for your senior. Home nursing assistance is a huge benefit for you as a caregiver, too, because there are so many situations that involve medical knowledge you might not feel comfortable with just yet.
Your Senior’s Medical Needs Are Becoming More Complicated.
As your elderly family member’s health changes, what she needs from you can become extremely complicated. There may be machinery or devices that are difficult to operate, even with someone showing you the ropes. Often it feels more comforting for you and for your senior family member to have a nursing professional handle the equipment.
You Need Help Ensuring She’s Eating Well.
Eating well is something that can help your senior to keep up her strength, but that’s not always easy for her to do. If you have to be elsewhere for a good part of the day, it’s not easy to be able to tell when your elderly family member isn’t eating well, either. Elder care providers with a nursing background can help to ensure that your aging family member is eating what she should be when she needs to.
Her Medications Need Reminders.
Depending on your elderly family member’s health conditions, she may be taking quite a few different medications. Some of them may need to be taken at a specific time under certain conditions. Having a nurse available is a reassurance that she’ll have the medications she should when she should have them.
Your Senior Needs Both Monitoring and Companionship.
Many aging adults find that elder care providers add much joy and companionship to their daily life. They can do this while also keeping track of how your elderly family member is doing. Monitoring water intake, medications, and how well she’s eating is much easier when they’re also helping to alleviate her loneliness.
Your Loved One Is at Increased Risk of Hospitalization.
Some health issues, such as COPD or heart disease, can cause your elderly family member to need hospitalization with even the smallest changes to her health. Having a nurse at home with your elderly family member can help you to rest easier that if hospitalization is necessary, there’s someone there who can recognize that fact quickly.
Finding the right help is important and skilled nurses can offer you and your senior the elder care assistance you’ve been missing. They can fill in the gaps that you’re not able to cover as your aging adult’s caregiver.