The Caregiver Kit: 3 Tools That Can Help Caregivers with Their Job

a caregiver and an old womanAccording to the Office on Women’s Health, because of the physical and emotional strain that comes with their job, caregivers report higher levels of stress than other people. That is why it is important that you use all available resources to make your job easier and less stressful for you and your patient.

Walk-in Tubs

Bathing is essential to self-care. While it is a routine that most people do without second thought, it is a different story for the elderly and people with disabilities. Safety concerns often make the simple act of bathing more challenging than it need be.

Heavenly Walk-in Tubs suggests the use of tubs for the disabled when bathing people with disabilities. These tubs reduce the possibility of falling or slipping. With portable walk-in tubs, in addition, the bathroom need not be remodeled, which can save a significant amount of money and work.

Telecare Devices

Today’s technology allows you to identify if something is wrong with your patient and instantly act on it. These devices – usually mobile phones – receive signals transmitted from sensors which the patients wear. The signals include information about the blood pressure, sugar level, and heart rate of the wearer.

Through GPS, you can also track the location of your patient if they wander off. Other devices are able to distribute medicines at a preset time.

Gait Belts and Transfer Vests

Gait belts, apart from helping you lift and transfer your patient, can also help you to support the patient when they are walking. With gait belts, though, you often employ the “bear hug” lifting technique. This intimate contact can be a little awkward, initially, for you or your patient.

Transfer vests, on the other hand, can be the more secure and less risky alternative. The vest and its many hand grips distribute even pressure on the torso. It eliminates lifting from the armpit or at the back of the pants, lowering your risk of back injury and of dropping the patient.

When a caregiver’s job becomes a little easier, their patient also benefits. Healthcare providers and facilities should invest in tools that ensure the safety and convenience of both the caregiver and the care recipient.