Providing care to a family member with disabilities is not easy—it is tiring and can leave you physically and emotionally exhausted especially when doing in-home care in Florida. The support of other family members, friends, and the community is really important especially to those with speech and communication problems. As their caregiver, you may need to speak on their behalf.
Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Create a “health journal” for the person you are caring for. It will be easier for you to tell their doctor about their past and current medical conditions. It also serves as an easy reference when a home health aide reliever takes over your place when you take a break.
- Note all of their medication and treatment. If possible, bring the medicines with you during appointments or create a list of all of their medicines including their dosage or strength of the medicine and schedule of intake.
- If the person you’re caring for has any noticeable side effects from their medicines, make sure to take photos and tell their doctor about it.
- Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Ask what the new prescription medicines are for or why they need to be of certain medication or do certain activities.
As a caregiver, you will need to be involved in their medical needs and if you need help in caring for your loved one with serious illness or disability, Double M Loving Care, Inc., a service provider of home health care in Greenacres, Florida, is happy to assist you with what you need. Call us now.