When your spouse suffers an illness or injury that leaves them incapacitated, you may find it difficult to care for them on your own. You struggle not only with the emotional impact of watching someone you love suffer and lose their former capabilities. You also may not have the skills or stamina to administer the healthcare that is needed.
Instead of sending your spouse to go live at a nursing home, you can keep them at home with you where they may feel the most at peace. You can hand over their care, however, to an experienced and understanding home caregiver.
Assistance with Daily Needs
Despite suffering from a debilitating illness or injury, your spouse will still need to be fed, bathed, and given medications each day. However, when you work a full-time job outside of the home, you may not be always on hand to take care of these tasks. You also cannot leave your spouse at home alone all day.
Instead, you can hire a home caregiver to come into your house and assist with these daily needs. This caregiver can administer medications needed to spare your spouse from pain. Your caregiver can also assist your spouse with tasks like taking a bath or shower, combing their hair, and getting dressed in fresh clothing each day.
Using Medical Equipment
The home caregiver that you hire to take care of your spouse in your absence can also use the medical equipment that keeps your spouse alive each day. Your home caregiver can be trained to use devices like insulin pumps and heart monitors. This caregiver can also keep track of your loved one's pulse, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. The caregiver can include these readings in your spouse's medical records and report them to the doctor as required, or if they notice any changes that you should know about.
Finally, a home caregiver can give you respite that you need to recuperate and start to feel more like yourself again. You may be mentally and physically tasked with your spouse's daily care, and this can take a toll on your wellness, your work, and your family. You can hire this caregiver to give you a break and time to yourself.
A home caregiver can provide helpful benefits to you and your infirm or disabled spouse. They can assist with daily upkeep, use medical equipment and give you a break as needed.