There is no greater honor than providing care and support to our elderly population. Each day presents new opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of those who have shaped the world we live in today.
Person-centered care is the cornerstone of caregiving for the elderly. By recognizing their individual preferences, histories, and unique characteristics, we can tailor our care plans to ensure they maintain their independence and dignity.
Addressing Mobility Challenges
Many elderly residents experience reduced mobility, making daily activities a struggle. We'll explore practical strategies to assist them with mobility, whether it's moving in and out of bed or navigating through their living spaces. Some elderly residents will be able to move and do their ADL's on their own. Other residents may need assistive devices (Canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) to be able to move. Some even will not be able to move completely and are bed riden for most of their stay at the facility. Many Nursing Assistant programs will teach you to handle these situations for each individual. For example, some residents need a NUrsing Assistant to be near to ensure they do not fall; they may be required to wear a gait belt around them to ensure that the nursing assistant has control if they were to start falling or get dizzy.
Promoting Nutrition and Hydration
Proper nutrition and hydration are vital for elderly patients' overall well-being. Many elderly people will begin to lose their sense of taste and no longer feel the need to eat as much or drink as much. This can cause many health concerns from being underweight, dehydration, kidney failure, and much more. Promoting the residents to eat and drink adequately ensures their well-being and health.
Communication: The Key to Connection
Effective communication lies at the heart of building strong relationships with the elderly. As a NA you are the most valuable member of the care team other than the resident. You spend the most time caring for the resident and begin to build a relationship with them. A relationship with the resident helps them to trust you and confide in you their problems that may be affecting their health. Not only is it important for you to listen to them for helath indications, but for their emotional well being. Many residents do not get to interact with others due their immobility issues. Caring for the elderly is a calling that requires boundless empathy, patience, and dedication. As NAs, we have the power to make a profound difference in their lives by understanding their needs and providing compassionate care. By continuously learning and adapting our approach, we can ensure that our elderly population receives the love and respect they truly deserve in their golden years.