The most hands-on aspect of caregiving involves tending to the physical needs of your loved one. When people are ill and lose muscle tone, they often lose the capacity to manage their own hygiene, to transfer from the bed to the chair to the toilet. They need practice and assistance. The videos included in this section will provide safe techniques to meet this challenge. Know your limits and think carefully about when to help.
There are technologies, tools and assistive devices to assist families in day-to-day caregiving. Refer to the Resource section and the article "The Most Dangerous Room In The House" for more information.
In thinking about safety issues:
- Be realistic about what you can and cannot do
- Consider outside help
- Cope with guilt
- Recognize loss of independence and dignity
- Understand the difference between physical frailty, incapacity and memory loss
- Know your comfort level tending to physical needs