Your dad’s health has deteriorated to the point that he cannot leave his bed. He might have suffered a setback after a fall or stroke and needs time to recover his mobility. When he’s bedridden, how will his care needs change?
Night and Day Companionship
Your dad’s in bed all day and night. He may sleep a lot or spend a lot of time awake and frustrated that he can’t get up and do the things he enjoys.
Make sure your dad has someone available for companionship while he’s awake. He might like having a caregiver with him for movies or favorite TV shows. He might want to play cards or board games. With companion care services, he’s never alone when he’s awake.
Linens and Laundry
Your dad is in bed 24 hours, so he needs more frequent sheet changes. Someone needs to do this extra laundry. Don’t become overwhelmed trying to do another load of laundry when you’re short on time. A caregiver can change his bedding and do the laundry.
Personal Care and Grooming
Even when confined to his bed, your dad needs to be cleaned. He needs someone to brush his hair, help him shave, apply deodorant, and wash his body. He needs someone to apply moisturizer to dry skin.
If he’s awake at night and sleeps during the day, night care aides can take care of these tasks. It enables you to stick to a regular sleep schedule.
Your dad can’t be in the same position all day and night. If he can’t move his legs independently, he’ll need someone to help him move. If he stays in the same position all day and night, he’ll get bed sores.
If your dad can still use the toilet, someone may need to help him transfer to a wheelchair, get to the bathroom, and return to his bed. He may be unable to stick his bathroom trips to the hours you’re awake. With 24-hour home care aides, he has someone to help him get to the bathroom while you’re sleeping.
Someone needs to check on your dad throughout the day and night. Sitting in soiled incontinence garments can lead to rashes. Incontinence and toileting care are essential. With 24-hour home care, your dad has someone available throughout the night to clean him up and make sure his skin is protected from irritation.
Talk to a specialist to learn more about 24-hour home care. You don’t have to be the only one taking care of your dad. Let professional caregivers help out, ensuring you have time to take care of yourself.