Module summary

Conclusion

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:

  • Although you may want to encourage the person who is ill to continue attending to their personal hygiene and grooming as much as they can, as the illness advances, it may become more difficult and eventually impossible for them to look after all their needs.

  • Helping person who is ill stay fresh and clean will help them 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 providing nutritious meals will obviously be a focus, it is also important to maintain the social aspects of eating if possible.

  • You can include person who is ill in meal planning and, if they are able and willing, food preparation as well. Either way, as you plan, prepare, and serve food, it is important to keep in mind their preferences, food or smell sensitivities, intolerances, and any limitations with appetite or food intake.

  • Although it may be difficult to accept, it is important to remember that there are usually changes in appetite and eating in the later stages of life. Interest in food, appetite, and the ability to eat may all change. 

  • In your role as a caregiver, you may be required to help lift, transfer, or reposition an ill person, or assist someone with walking, moving in their bed, or moving from their bed to a chair. There are varied tips and techniques you can use to help keep you and the person who is ill safe and minimize any chance of injury. It is important to keep your back healthy and strong to decrease the likelihood of a back injury.