New caregivers come into it being overwhelmed seeing as there is a lot to learn is such a little amount of time and there is NEVER enough training given. If a caregiver is hired through an agency, most times it is an 8 hour orientation explaining different diagnoses. They also give a very very vague sense on how to care for someone with no practical application or knowledge.
For instance, Changing a diaper to an individual who is bed bound without getting the mess everywhere. Also while still managing to keep the sheet taut as to not cause bedsores from the wrinkles.
Another example is how to treat bed sores from wrinkles or skin breakdown from dampness which was cause from laying in sweat or urine for an extended amount of time.
Or performing digital stimulation for someone who has a neurogenic bowel due to some sort of paralysis.
There is so much that aren’t taught in these settings. It’s even worse with family members who are thrown into it at the seat of their pants and have no idea where to begin!
There’s medicine management, which can prove to be its own migraine depending on the severity and amount of medicines and keeping them straight can be a nightmare.
Managing medicine is something I will cover over the next few blog posts. It is very important because they are taking medicine for a reason. Giving them too close together, too far apart, or combined with other medicines within a certain time frame can cause reactions. It can even cause certain medicines to have a diminished effect and that’s not even breaking into the pain medicines!
Changing a catheter can be daunting to some people. And the process of changing a catheter is different depending on if the individual is male or female. You must also know the size of the catheter which if normally denoted in measurements of French. I will get into the measurements and types of catheters. They will range to the types of tips and various actually types of catheters. An explanation as to how catheters are administered will also be discussed. The dangers signs you will need to look out for while caring for a catheter will also be in a later blog post.
New caregivers have a lot to learn and a short time to learn it. This is a part of the reason why i started this blog. I had to learn it all and fast. I had to dive into readings about spinal cord injuries and catheter placements mainly. Some other things i had to learn were bowel care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiotherapy along with so much more!
Stay tuned for more blog posts packed with information!