Having the answers to these questions will help both you and the person you are caring for in the transition from Hospital to Home. It may be helpful to bring a note book so you can jot down the answers.
An ostomy occurs when you seriously can’t go to the bathroom & the Dr. has to surgically bypass your normal route & create a new place for the waste to come out of the body.
Medical cannabis is a popular treatment for a variety of issues. Interested in learning more? This guide can help you start a conversation with your healthcare provider.
Since cannabis was legalized in Canada for both recreational and medicinal purposes, you might be wondering if cannabis could help the person you’re caring for. In addition to recreational use, cannabis, also known as marijuana, is being used by many Canadians to help to improve symptoms of their medical conditions.
If the person that you're caring for needs oxygen therapy, you may need to help them with it.
If the person that you’re caring for has an allergy, it’s important to know how to deal with a severe allergic reaction.
If the person you’re caring for has trouble having a bowel movement, they may need some extra help with medications like a suppository or an enema, and they may need your help with it.
Follow these tips to make sure you're properly disposing of medical waste like colostomy bags & catheters.
Learn how to safely handle needles and how to calm the person in your care as they receive a needle.
Find tips on how to make sure a catheter is working correctly for the person in your care.
Needles are never fun, but giving a needle might be added to the list of tasks you’ll need to do as a caregiver. Learn how to do so safely!
Ostomy is a surgically created opening through which stool or urine exit the body. A person may be required to have an ostomy bag. Emptying this bag is a fairly simple process but can also be overwhelming.
Whether it’s because of infection, injury, disease or dry eyes, the person you’re caring for might need help with their eye drops or ointments.
As a caregiver, you may not even think about breathing. You just do it. However, the person you are caring for may rely on medication(s) to help them breathe.
If a healthcare professional orders medication patches or creams for the person you’re caring for, you may need to help them apply them.
Sometimes the person you’re caring for will get an infection or disease that can spread to other people they have contact with. Knowing this can be frightening and might make you feel uneasy giving care in this situation–not just for you, but for family and visitors as well.
Sometimes a doctor will order compression stockings to help someone with swollen legs and feet.
One of the challenges that a caregiver faces is determining how to properly manage waste, especially medical waste. Medical waste removal isn’t hard to do properly. You just need to know how to do it.
Safety is important when you are caring for someone who takes medication. But there might be somethings you don't know about medication safety.