As a steward of the elderly, there are certain nursing skills that you need to learn to become suited for the job right away. These skills will help you navigate the daily challenges and demands of caring for your elderly patients on a regular basis.
Here are some of those skills as follows:
Keeping Professional Distance
This skill is necessary especially when it comes to dealing with the fate of your elderly patient. If you have these types of patients, chances are it would only take them a few months or years left to live depending on their initial condition.
You have to be prepared to help the family get through the loss of their loved one as soon as it happens. As a caregiver, it is your duty to guide them through the process of reading and coping with the preparations needed to care for the patient’s body beyond death.
This is why it is important for you to maintain a professional distance at all times. If you become too emotionally distraught over the loss of your patient, you will not be able to do your job well.
Critical Thinking and Mental Flexibility
As a caregiver, it is your duty to discern whether or not the symptoms that accompany geriatric patient care are related to the disease itself or the patient’s age. This will help you figure out what to do next if you see atypical changes in the patient.
For example, instead of the usual inability to urinate because of an infection in the urinary tract or bladder, some patients may exhibit changes in mental capacity or behavior. The critical mind will help caregivers figure out what this change is all about and how to deal with it properly.
You also have to develop skills and preventive care. Since your aging patients are surely prone to illness-related injuries and issues, it is your duty as a caregiver to devise a plan to prevent these problems. Here are some of the issues that typical elder patients deal with daily.
- Physical injuries due to falls or loss of balance
If you can come up with a plan to prevent these issues from happening, you will become a good caregiver. Aside from this, it is also your duty to instruct the family members on how to continue to care for the elderly patient especially when you’re not around.
Do not forget to give them a schedule of the patient’s medicine intake so that you can continue to monitor their progress. Teach him how to administer medication properly.
With these special skills, you will be able to help family members care for their elderly without difficulty. In this case, open communication and patience is also needed. Without these traits and skills, you will fail at your job for sure.