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A home care checklist for caretakers helping the elderly

Is your mother or father getting older? You’ve probably never had to take care of an aging person before. Therefore, it’s only natural not to be clear in terms of all the things you need to take care of for this person. To help you be the best caregiver possible, we’ve compiled a short checklist that will help you give your aging parents the best quality of life:

Helping with bedroom tasks

You may need to help your mother/father get in and out of bed. You’ll also need to make the bed and regularly change the linens. If he or she has severe mobility problems, be sure to watch carefully for signs of bedsores and consider investing in a bed with bedsore prevention capabilities.

Helping with bathing

Your loved one could need assistance with using the toilet, bathing and grooming. You’ll also need to keep the bathroom clean.

Helping with daily life

Grooming, dressing, eating meals, walking or going outside for fresh air all may require your assistance.

Medication management

Your loved one probably has medications that he or she requires to improve the quality of life and even to stay alive. Make sure that he or she takes these medications on time and as prescribed.

There are many more things you’ll have to do for your aging loved one, which is why it might be appropriate for him or her to reside in a long-term care facility. However, if the long-term care facility fails to attend to your loved one’s basic needs as referenced above, and a serious injury, pain or suffering results, your loved one might have a viable reason to seek compensation in court for nursing home neglect damages.

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