The professional care-worker will undertake weeks of classroom lessons followed by onsite training and mentoring in order to discover how to care, and yet many people caring for loved ones will often be expected to just work it all out as they go along. This can endanger the safety, comfort, and confidence of both the loved one and the carer—and makes many already challenging daily tasks unnecessarily hard.
Whilst we are not recommending that any complex care delivery is given without full training, and urge you to speak with your surgery or Occupational Therapist if there is anything you are struggling with, some of the following knacks and tips might help make the caring day that little bit easier.
This quite epic Gransnet section answering the question, ‘is it common to spill food down your front’ illustrates a range of potential food-spilling scenarios. Tea towels mentioned as make-do bibs can be sufficient for the odd spill, but then many people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities find such significant difficulty eating, swallowing and managing … More
I remember being blown away when I first came across this device at The Care Show in 2019. I already knew its manufacturer, Arjo, having come across a huge range of their moving and handling products, including the Sara Stedy which was one of my favourite devices to work with in the Community. The beauty … More
Throughout the lockdown I have been thinking about the elderly people who will be experiencing a deterioration of mobility as a result of their lives being denied pre-Covid levels of activity for so long. As we will soon (hopefully) begin to venture out again, how many people will find themselves unable to do the things … More
Personally, I find that a good long soak is normally a solution. If I’m stuck with a project, I’ll go for a bath to think about it. When experiencing aches or pains, a bath is the first port of call. Feeling anxious? A bath! Tired? A bath! So, a first shock of Community Care-work was … More
I met The Active Hands Company at the OT Show in 2019 and have since followed their amazing innovations. At the time I was looking for recommendations to give to an Artist who was struggling to paint due to a condition that affected her ability to grip. I’m sure I’ll be zoning in on lots … More
It was during a training course at Invacare that I became truly inspired by the possibilities of Seating and Positioning. Whilst I had naturally ensured that the people I supported when I was a Domiciliary Care-worker were as comfortable as possible, I had never looked into the area scientifically, and considered how Seating and Positioning … More
This short video illustrates the knack as it was explained to me by a 96 year old lady I used to help to care for who had worn pressure stockings since the age of 27! The ‘eureka’ moment is getting it over the heel. Whether you are putting compression socks/pressure stockings on yourself or another, … More
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