We should all make it our mission to look after our own health and wellbeing. But, what happens when you’re trusted to look after someone else? Below, you’ll find some advice on how to look after someone with significant health problems:
Be Prepared For The Worst
Caring for someone with a health problem means you have to be prepared for the worst case scenario. There are loads of health problems that are manageable and easy to look after, but that also come with a risk factor of something bad happening. For example, you might look after an elderly relative with a long history of heart problems. In which case, you have to be prepared to take action if the worst happens and they have a heart attack. Likewise, say you’re looking after a child with asthma or a severe allergy to something. You have to prepare yourself to handle a potential asthma attack or allergic reaction.
There are two ways you can do this and prepare yourself for these situations. First, you need to inform yourself on what the standard procedures are in any of these events. Do your research or go on training courses to ensure you know what to do and how to position the person, so they’re in the recovery position, etc.
Secondly, you need to have as much equipment at your disposal as possible. If you’re looking after someone with a severe allergy, then you need something like an epi pen handy to inject them if things take a turn for the worse. If you’re caring for someone with heart issues, then it’s sensible to have things like HeartSine defibrillators with you just in case they have a heart attack. If you have equipment handy, then you’re in a much better position to take action if the worst-case scenario hits. Being prepared for these moments can help you save someone’s life or keep them in a stable condition until the emergency services arrive. Naturally, you need to call the emergency services as soon as possible!
Communication Is Key
If you’ve ever had health problems or just felt a little bit sick and needed someone to look after you, then you’ll know communication is key. The tone of voice someone uses when they care for you can make you feel in safe hands. Similarly, a wrong tone of voice makes you feel like a burden. You have to be polite and speak with a caring voice whenever you’re looking after them. Make it look like you want to be there rather than you feel like you’re doing a chore.
Likewise, body language is just as important. If you’re slumped over or have your arms crossed, then you’re not giving off great vibes. It can upset the person you’re looking after, as they feel like you hate being there. Be positive with your body language, and it will have a good impact on the person you’re looking after. Positivity causes positivity, if someone is happy and cheery and positive, then it’s likely to rub off on other people they interact with.
Looking after someone with health problems can be uncomfortable for many. However, if you learn to look after and care for them properly, then you’ll help them live a happier life.