Here at Holding Hands Hospice, we understand that each patient under hospice care has certain needs and preferences that have to be met. Throughout their treatment, we always make it a point to make their way of life as comfortable as possible, especially in terms of creating a peaceful atmosphere.
If you are assisting a loved one go through this time, here are some tips you can do to provide bedside care.
Properly Schedule the Task and Shifting of Helpers
If you have friends and family who are more than willing to help out in taking care of your loved one, your responsibility is to make sure that they are capable, the patient will appreciate their presence, and their time if they are properly managed. Ask for their schedules and preferred time to come and visit so you can develop shifts. Also, you can ask professionals such as nurses, doctors, and caregivers to demonstrate and give tips on how to provide care without troubling the patient.
Install Side Rails and Other Safety Accessories If Necessary
Typically the hospice service provider will give you recommendations and requirements on how you can make the living space safe and comfortable. You might need to install side rails or handle bars and buy additional equipment.
Learn How to Smoothly Maneuver Lowering, Raising the Bed
During hospice care, many resort to using a hospital bed because of its mechanism to easily raise and lower the head and foot part. This is useful especially for those who can no longer move or turn well. This can also help those with heart or respiratory problems as inclining the bed can ease their breathing a bit.
It is also better if you can position the bed in the middle of the room or allow a path where you can walk on both sides of the bed so you won’t have problems reaching.
Set the Mood with Sound and Music
Playing relaxing music at a low volume can help lighten the patient’s mood. For others, playing certain songs can evoke positive memories and help them forget about the pain. Meanwhile, some prefer having background noise like television or radio to lessen the anxiety.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
A patient’s time in a hospice is uncertain, so while they can still communicate with you, try to engage them with questions. Learn more from them and at many times they appreciate visitors initiating the conversation. Of course, you just have to time it depending on their mood and condition.
Visit our blog again for more information on how you can help ease the pain of your loved ones. For professional and personal assistance in the Dallas, Mesquite, Garland areas, give us a call today here at Holding Hands Hospice and our representatives would be happy to help you. Thank you.