Elderly caregiver tips

Elderly caregiver tips

There are many different types of caregivers. You could be a care assistant in a care home or a nursing home, you may be looking after a friend or relative. Whatever sort of relationship you have with the individual in your care, there will be a lot of challenges that you will have to face that you probably have not dealt with before, and it can be hard to know where to start and what to do.

We’ve put together a few of our top tips on how to be an elderly caregiver.

Take time for yourself

We’ve put this tip first as this is probably the one important. How can you look after another individual when you cant even look after yourself? It can be very easy to get lost in the role as a caregiver, making sure that they are happy, well fed, all medications have been taken etc making you lose track of your own needs. Make sure you give yourself breaks and get your own tasks done. Many caregivers hold down some sort of job or have their own children to look after, which can add additional stress to an already difficult situation.

If you feel like everything is just getting too much perhaps book yourself a holiday or a small break. Look for private care companies who offer live-in care while you are away, just to give yourself some peace in mind for you and the person in care. Private live-in care can be adapted to your personal needs so if the person in care has dementia you can ask for someone who has experience in that department and allow them to take on their job role, while you get time to relax and recharge.

Make a routine

There is no set way to look after someone, everyone looks after people in different ways. But it is important to establish a routine. This will create structure and make you both happier and less stressful. By making a routine it will be easier to keep on top on set meals, administering medication and personal hygiene. For the elderly person it will give them reassurance and will make them happy in the knowledge that the tasks they can no longer do are still getting completed. Seniors love routine and hate unexpected things as this can lead to stress.

Take advantage of community resources

This can make your life a little easier as you wont have as many tasks to think about. Most communities help caregivers and their parents. By asking for community resources it can help make caregiving a little easier.

There are many community resources that can help you such as:

  • Home care aids
  • Meal delivery programmes
  • Transportation and shopping services
  • Hired companions
  • Personal care services

Many organisations that do this are funded through the government which means they are able to give you assistance at a small or no cost.

Make necessary legal changes

If the elderly person in your care is your parent work on the legal documents that they have or want to have such as :

  • Wills
  • Living wills
  • Health care proxy forms
  • Power of attorney
  • Trust and guardianships
  • Do not resuscitate order

Find the important documents like birth certificates, deed to home and insurance policies and make sure they are filed correctly.

Keep a record of bank accounts, social security numbers, credit cards, health and life insurance policies and driver’s’ license. Ensure that all these documents are kept in a safe and secure place such as a safe, where they can be accessed quickly if an emergency arises.

Here at The Midlands Training Company we offer a course which will give you more information and help you to understand your role as a caregiver for more information please click the link here: https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/product/care-understanding-your-role/

Or call us on  02746714 873.

The importance of equality and diversity practice in the care industry

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If you work within the care industry you will no of the importance of this particular subject.

Equality and diversity are essential components of health and social care. Having quality and established equality and diversity practices help to ensure that the services provided are fair and accessible to all.

So, what is the definition of equality and diversity and where do they fit within your business practices?

Equality means ensuring that all those within your setting have equal opportunities, regardless of abilty, background or lifestyle.

Diversity means appreciating the differences between people and treating people’s values, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles with respect.

If you work within the health or social care sector you will be aware of four key laws to follow. These are;

  • The Equality Act 2010 – The Equality Act 2010 brings together a number of existing laws into one place so that it is easier to use. It sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful. These are age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, gender reassignment and sexual orientation.
  • The Human Rights Act 1998 – this legislation outlines the basic human rights and principles of equality. The ‘FREDA’ acronym helps you to remember what is covered by the Act: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 – The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It is a law that applies to individuals aged 16 and over.
  • The Care Act 2014 – The Care Act 2014 came into effect from April 2015 and replaced most previous law regarding carers and people being cared for. this legislation provides six key principles which should underpin all work with vulnerable adults. This includes ensuring that adults receive support that’s personal to them, chosen by them and has their consent.

The importance of getting all of the above right can never be underestimated. It is key to remember, within care, that patients/service users are individuals and should always be treated as such. This is particularly important for any adults in need who, for a variety of reasons such as disability, illness or age, are not subsequently to take sufficient care of themselves or keep themselves from harm.

The main focus for promoting equality and diversity in the workplace is to prevent any kind of discrimination so being very aware of everything within your setting is key. Having stringest staff policies, up-to-date training and extremely regular checks will make the difference. Remember each patient or service user is an individual so when a new member arrives what may have been suitable in the past may NOT now be suitable for that person whether it is accessibility within the setting for example.

MTC offer elearning courses for Equality, diversity & human rights training for just £9.99 as well as number of other great elearning courses you can access for your staff simply and quickly.