Caregiving can bring plenty of challenges. Organizing of medication and pill-taking schedules can be a complicated affair. Seniors can find these schedules confusing and this can often lead to medication mismanagement.
Lists, lists, lists!
For the caregiver keeping lists or schedules with patient names, drug names, dosage and frequency is essential. All medications are best kept separately and under the correct storage conditions with regular checking of expiry dates being carried out. It’s also important to note any other medications which should not be taken in combination with those prescribed.
Hot or cold compresses are very effective in treating injuries or aches and pains. But which should you use and when? The answer is not always obvious, so we’ve compiled some simple facts to keep in mind.
Cold is to reduce inflammation
Cold should be used to reduce swelling and bruising and works best in the first 24 to 48 hours. Applying a cold compress to bumps and bruises slows the rate of inflammation and also helps to reduce tissue damage. It does this by decreasing blood flow to the affected area.
A cold compress applied to the head or neck can also help to reduce your temperature if you have a fever.
Heat is to relax muscles
Heat can be applied to relieve muscles aches and pains and works by increasing the blood flow to the affected area and to the skin. Heat helps to relax the muscles and can reduce cramping pains.
Alternating both heat and cold is also effective for exercise-induced aches and pains.
The bathroom can be home to many accidents – falls and slips are all too common, especially for elderly people or those with disabilities, reduced mobility or injuries. Depending on a family member or carer to help you wash and go to the toilet may not always be practical or desirable.
Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to make your bathroom a safer place so you can retain your independence and privacy.
Incontinence affects both men and women and can be very stigmatising. It can cause anxiety and embarrassment and simple outings may require extensive planning. Remedic’s Gel Seat Cushion provides a great solution to help avoid embarrassing situations and give you the freedom to sit anywhere without worrying.