While most people are focused on protecting themselves from getting infected during a pandemic, for caregivers the scenario is even more challenging. Not only they have to be continuously on their toes to ensure that they remain protected, but they have to also remain ready to handle the countless caregiving responsibilities. However, a pandemic does not mean that there can be no non-COVID medical emergencies. So, if you are a family caregiver, here are some valuable tips to handle such emergencies.
Create and maintain a checklist
Think about what you will need in case of a medical emergency to save the life of your loved one. You must have a fully-charged phone so that you can call someone for help. You must also have cash and a first-aid kit. So, create a checklist. Keep the phone numbers of your loved one’s doctor on your phone. Also, write the same at a place where it could be easily visible to all family members. Have a list of all the medications and prescriptions to make things manageable during an emergency.
Keep a close eye on risk factors
If your loved one is suffering from dementia, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, or arthritis, keep a close eye on risk factors that can make them seriously ill. If your loved one is taking certain medications that are causing dizziness, pain, swelling, rashes, mood swings, or metabolic changes, you may have to immediately seek medical care. While caring for a senior who is above 60 and have mobility issues, it is imperative to take adequate measures to prevent a fall. Ensure a balanced diet as prescribed by the doctor to reduce the risk of any health complications.
Embrace technology for assistance
As it is not safe to visit a hospital in the wake of COVID-19, this is perhaps the best time to embrace technology to get any kind of assistance in case of an emergency. The Department of Health and Human Services has already loosened the regulations for telemedicine during a pandemic. So, if you are apprehensive about the health condition of your loved one or you fear that it can turn worse, go for telemedicine. Your loved one will get healthcare service via remote patient monitoring or videoconferencing. You can also invest more in caregiver gadgets so that you can keep an eye on your loved ones round the clock without getting exhausted. Also, pray that there should be no medical emergencies whether it is COVID or non-COVID.
If you are feeling difficulty to survive as a caregiver during these tough times, you can also think about joining an online community of caregivers over the web. The wealth of practical advice and tips with weekly group coaching calls from an experienced caregiver will make things easier for you.