August 17, 2022 3 min read
The daily obstacles that caregivers face can gradually take its toll, both physically and mentally. Whether it is helping elderly loved ones move around, transferring them in and out of beds or repositioning them, it is a physically demanding job which can lead to aches, strains, and even long-term injury. In addition to performing these tasks, caregivers may also be responsible for feeding or bathing their loved ones who may be too frail or ill to do so on their own. It is no wonder that mental fatigue and burnout are also common issues experienced by caregivers who overexert themselves over long periods of time. Home care beds are specially designed to reduce caregiver burden and help them provide a high-quality level of care while at the same time being easy to use and maintain. Read on to learn more about the key benefits of using home care beds.
They help prevent injuries
When caregivers are caring for older persons with mobility limitations, it can be difficult to lift or transfer them in and out of bed. Home care beds are designed to reduce the physical strain on both parties by making it easier for users to get in and out of bed while allowing caregivers to avoid injury. This includes features such as adjustable height, as well as customisable positions to optimise transfer. Caregivers will be able to lift their elderly loved ones more comfortably and safely, and ensure effective transfers in and out of mobility aids such as lightweight transport wheelchairs. By not having to bend over day after day to help elderly loved ones in and out of bed, it can greatly relieve caregiver fatigue, as well as avoid injury to the elderly person.
They support in-home care
As we grow older, most of us have the preference to age in the comfort of our own homes and it is certainly possible with the right assistive devices. For caregivers taking care of an elderly loved one at home, it also means that we can avoid institutionalised care. It is therefore important to do everything you can to keep your loved ones safe, while ensuring that you can manage the level of care they require. The flexibility of home care beds can help make caregiving easier, and provide users freedom of movement, as well as accommodate changing needs. By allowing patients to lie flat or sit up comfortably while participating in everyday activities, it makes it easier for caregivers to assist with tasks such as grooming, bathing, and toileting. This promotes a safe and comfortable environment for everyone involved and alleviates some of the physical and mental strain that caregivers face.
They provide greater medical support
Home care beds allow patients to receive in-home quality medical care without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. The beds are equipped with special features, such as sturdy bedside rails to prevent falls at night, and can be complemented with other accessories such as an alternating air pressure mattress to prevent bed sores. Some beds can also be fitted with a versatile bedside rail gate which can be opened when the user wishes to get in or out of bed.
Caregiving is emotionally and physically draining. While a home care bed may not eliminate all the challenges that come with caring for our elderly loved ones, its specially-designed features can certainly make it easier for caregivers to perform their caregiving tasks safely and effectively. At The Golden Concepts, our goal is to ensure caregivers and older persons have access to a comprehensive suite of quality elderly products and services that are affordable, to enable ageing well. Contact us for more information about the elderly assistance equipment we offer.
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