Steps to keep patients safe at home
Caring for patients requires skill, patience, and compassion. Caregivers are trained for the job and are adept at ensuring that the patient feels comfortable most of the time. From monitoring their medications to help them take a walk, caregivers have to play the role of a nurse.
Patients, in general, are more prone to accidents at home. They could trip, twist their ankle when trying to stand or walk. The constant supervision could make some of them grumpy and insist on doing things on their own resulting in accidents.
Here are some ways to make the home a safe zone for patients and reduce the stress on both the patient and caregiver.
Prevent Patients from Falling off the Bed
- The caregiver stays by the bedside throughout. But, it is still important to keep the bed railings up and lock the wheels to prevent any disaster.
- Placing pillows and cushions on the sides will keep patients from rolling or falling.
Avoid Roll Away Wheelchairs
- Wheelchairs with brakes will help control the pace of the wheelchair in case of unexpected situations.
- Move aside the footrests when the patient sits and gets up from the wheelchair. They might trip over or hurt themselves if not careful.
Balancing the Walk
- When on medication, patients get dizzy and drowsy. Sudden movements can make them lose their balance and fall.
- Help them sit after lying down and once they feel better, gradually assist them to stand.
- Pause after standing and take one step at a time, supporting them from the side.
Keep Objects Away from Bed and Floor
- Keep away things like cords, rugs, slippers or stray toys to the side.
- Do not leave things on the bed. Once the patient is done using them, remove them from the bed.
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