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Care Solutions for Commonly Faced Issues

By Ruby Cemental

Caregivers, no matter where they live, face similar challenges when it comes to caring for their loved ones. How can they get their loved one to eat? Is there a way to improve how their loved one sleeps? How can the caregiver feel confident their loved one is safe when they are not able to be there? Consider the following care solutions for these commonly faced issues.

Mealtime

Many caregivers worry their loved one is not getting adequate nutrition because they struggle with meals. Eating well is important for health but how can you get your loved one to eat like they should?

  • Instead of three big meals a day, implement numerous smaller meals. 

  • If your loved one struggles to cut their food, cut it for them prior to serving. Make eating the meal as easy as possible.

  • If you will not be there for meals be sure the fridge and pantry are stocked with foods your loved one enjoys. Consider putting prepared meals in the fridge that they can just easily re-heat. Minimize the amount of work they will have to do.

  • Consider adding nutrition drinks to make up for any nutrients that are being missed.

  • Talk with the doctor to see if any of the medications your loved one is on impacts appetite.

Sleep

Sleep is important for both you and your loved one.Many seniors suffer from insomnia, which can take a toll on both the caregiver and the senior. Here are some things you can do to help your senior sleep better at night:

  • Avoid caffeinated beverages near the end of the day.

  • Keep the activity level low near the end of the day.

  • Make sure the bedroom is appropriate for sleeping. It should be relatively dark without electronics or TV. 

  • Encourage a bedtime routine which includes changing into pajamas for sleeping. This will let the body know it is time to sleep now.

  • Investigate if any medications interfere with sleep. If they do, speak with a doctor about alternative options.

Safety

Caregivers commonly worry about the safety of their loved one especially at times that they are left alone. It may not be possible to be with your loved one 24 hours a day and 7 days a week but you can still take steps to make sure they are safe.

  • Conduct a home safety assessment of their living situation and eliminate fall risks like loose carpeting.

  • Consider setting up an emergency alert system for your loved one so they have a way to call for help if they need it.

  • Consider hiring a home aide for the times you will not be there. You will feel confident that your loved one is being taken care of even in your absence.

At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. For more information on how you can provide quality care for a loved one, review our Caregiver Toolkit. 

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