Module summary


Even with the burnout, I’m grateful I was able to do that. My mom protected me when I was born, and I returned the favour in the end. It was a gift to do that.

Some of the key points covered in this module include the following:

  • Although you may want to encourage the person who is ill to continue taking care of their own personal hygiene as much as they can, it may become more difficult or impossible for them to look after all their needs.

  • Helping a person who is ill stay fresh and clean can help them to feel more comfortable. This involves tasks like mouth care, face and hair care, bathing, skin care, and toileting.

  • Meal and food preparation are important parts of caregiving. While nutrition is often the focus, it is also important to listen to what the person who is ill wants.

  • The person may wish to help with meal planning or food preparation, if they are able. Either way, as you plan, prepare, and serve food, it is important to keep in mind any food or smell sensitivities and intolerances, and any changes in the person’s appetite or food intake.

  • In your role as a caregiver, you may be required to help lift, transfer, or reposition an ill person, or help someone with walking, moving in their bed, or moving from their bed to a chair. There are many tips and techniques to help keep you and the person who is ill safe and decrease the chance of injury.