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Bed-Ridden Homecare Clients: 3 Tips

The level of assistance required by private duty clients may vary widely. While some of your clients need only occasional visits to assist with meal preparation and companionship, other clients may require assistance with everything from ADL’s to ambulation and more in conjunction with home healthcare.

Clients who are confined to their beds present unique challenges and typically require the assistance of a highly trained and experienced caregiver. While private duty providers are acutely aware of the risk of conditions such as bedsores, social interaction and mental wellbeing may be inadvertently overlooked as medication reminders and shifting positions becomes priority.

Here are 3 quick tips to help caregivers keep bed ridden homecare clients happy:

1. Make Mealtime Social:
Being bed ridden typically means eating in bed. However, placing a tray and leaving the room may leave many seniors feeling isolated. Encourage your caregivers to make mealtime a social event. By staying in the room, enjoying a cup of coffee or iced tea with the client and using the time to chat, caregivers are providing social stimulation for the client while also being able to encourage eating and monitor food intake habits. Make a task in your home care software or home care system to interact at meal time, and require caregivers to record a general comment in your home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, to monitor nutritional intake for bed ridden home care clients.

2. Keep Boredom at Bay:
Remaining in one spot for long periods of time may cause boredom, and act as a potential cause for depression. Caregivers can play a major role in keeping boredom at bay by offering a crossword puzzle, or keeping an all-day long game of cards going as the caregiver moves in and out of the room. Another innovation in eliminating senior boredom is found in tech items, like the iPad. These devices can be used to track activities via a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare, as well as offer a platform for seniors to play games or look at photos of loved ones. Consider implementing a home care software or home care system into your business that provides point-of-care iPad logging and senior stimulation.

3. Help Seniors Feel More Confident
Being confined to bed can take a toll on a senior’s self confidence. To help keep seniors feeling fresh and inclined to participate in social interaction with caregivers and visitors, maintain a schedule in your home care software or home care system, such as ClearCare, of bathing and grooming. A simple change of clothes; be it a comfortable nightgown or matching sweat suit, can keep seniors feeling fresh and basic hygienic activities like brushing teeth and combing hair can positively impact a bed-ridden senior’s self esteem and mood.
Require caregivers to document these daily tasks via tasks in your agency’s home care system or home care software.

These basic tasks can make a major difference in the mental wellbeing of your bed ridden home care clients. Leave a comment and let us know about any other tips you’ve found helpful in improving stimulation for bed-ridden seniors.

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Derek Jones

Derek enjoys spending time with family running road races, has completed 6-half marathons, mountain biking, and anything to do with baseball or the outdoors.

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