There are several things you must learn whenever you are caring for other people, including home safety tips for you to guarantee your patient’s well being.
Here are some tips you must take note of:
Always keep a flashlight near you
Emergencies can happen at any time and any place. This is why you must always be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Flashlights are one of the most essential items you must have at all times. This is to ensure that you will have a source of light when suddenly the power gets cut off at night. You would not want your patient walking around without seeing where they are going, after all.
Close drawers and closets to avoid injury
Sometimes, a patient no longer has the ability to assess whether something can hurt them. This is the reason why some seniors end up with injuries, as they try to walk through a pathway with open doors and drawers. You would not want them to hurt themselves, you got to close them yourself—even if they were the ones that opened them in the first place.
Do not use chairs to reach high places
Admittedly, a number of people rely on the chair’s ability to carry their weight when reaching for something they could not reach. But this practice is really dangerous and therefore should be stopped.
Caregivers should be smart and careful when caring for a senior patient. It is highly advisable for them to use a step stool or a reacher instead in order to reach something. By doing this, the risk of an accident occurring is being minimized as much as possible.
Clean spills immediately
This goes without saying. However, if you still don’t practice this, you should start as soon as possible. You don’t want your patient stepping and slipping on spills—even if they made them, themselves.
Aside from a flashlight, perhaps you would want to also carry around a rag with you at all times. If you do this, you would not be leaving some chance for your patient to
wander into the spill and slip while you go looking for a mop to wipe it off. It will be too late by then.
Avoid open flame when using an oxygen tank
When your patient uses an oxygen tank, be sure to avoid having an open flame in close proximity. This means that you shouldn’t be smoking or lighting up any candles near them. If you don’t heed to these advice, you might find yourself (and your patient) in serious trouble.
Clear the floor of any hazards
Hazards can be as tiny as loose carpet edges. This is because they might cause your patient to trip and fall on the floor. To avoid this kind of scenario, be sure to tack down or tape the carpet edges securely to the floor.
Being a caregiver in a home caring service can be super rewarding. This is particularly because you have the knowledge that you are taking care of a person, who no longer has the ability to care for themselves; you are ensuring that this person gets every comfort and protection that they can possibly get.
Follow these tips to avoid any accidents or any incidents happening to you and your patient. Remember, safety should always come first!