Caregiving is not only limited to caring for the elderly but it also spawns to other types of patients including disabled people. But the pressure and duties are still the same as the caregiver has to face such as stress. However, there are also differences when it comes to the type of care and it may not be the same as to caring for the elderly or those suffering from dementia.
If you are a caregiver for disabled people or are going to be one, take note that one of the most important things to consider is to know the background condition of your patient. Little knowledge is a dangerous thing especially for those who are working in medical backgrounds. Furthermore, knowing your patient’s background condition would help you understand their condition and provide the necessary care they need. It will also help you understand them whenever they lash out at you and to help you make the right kinds of decisions.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is another way of gaining knowledge about your patient’s condition. It also acts as big help if ever you are going to do or try new things to make things better for you and your patient. Always consult a physician or family members who are familiar with the condition and draw from their testimonies.
Above all, keep track. Keeping note of documents such as medical history and medications will help you be more aware on how you provide care. The documents also are a good way of keeping track on how you are doing so far and what you could do to improve yourself.
Another tip for caregivers working with disabled people is to find help. Caregiving for disabled people can be a lot of work and sometimes, if not most, you would need help from others to accomplish something. Furthermore, finding help also enables you to let out stress and to act as your support group. This will help make the work feel much easier. Seeking help from the family members and fellow caregivers is one good suggestion. If you think it will not work, there are also online support groups to act as helpers.
Caregivers should also be an empowering voice for them. People with disability are often seen and placed to a disadvantage because of their condition and it is important for a caregiver to correct and empower them for the better. One way is to encourage your disabled loved one to do things that they are capable of doing and ask everyone else to do the same thing so that they would be encouraged to do it. Another is to give them independence such as the ability to answer questions pertaining to their disability instead of answering it for them. You’ll be surprised on how that could be a big factor on developing their self-confidence.
Finally, caregivers should also care for themselves. If you cannot take care of yourself in the first place, how can you be sure that you will be able to provide the best type of care for your disabled loved one?