If you are caring for a loved one in your home or theirs, here’s some practical tips to make life easier for both of you.
Caring for a loved one isn’t always easy. Whether it is looking after an elderly parent, or your husband, wife or partner, there is a lot to think about and it can be difficult to make time to look after yourself and juggle any other commitments you have.
So with the help of Betterlife from LloydsPharmacy we’ve come up with some tips for caring for your loved one and some of the best independent living aids to give you a hand.
Make a medicine timetable
If your loved one takes any medicines, check the specific times they should be taken, then make a timetable for when to take each medication and whether they should be taken with or without food. If possible, help your loved one try to incorporate taking their medication into their daily routines, such as when they have breakfast or just before bed. Stick this timetable somewhere you’ll both see it regularly such as the fridge. Both of you may also benefit from phone apps such as the Pill Buddy App (available on Android and Apple) which sends reminders when to take pills to your mobile phone.
Day-by-day pillboxes are a huge help for keeping track of medication, too, such as the Smart Pill Box (pictured below left) which has six colour-coded compartments to easily store medicines and works with the Pill Buddy app.
Help with mealtimes
If eating and drinking are proving tricky for the person you’re caring for, consider specialised equipment such as no-spill cups or easy-to-handle knives and forks – both available at Betterlife – and really beneficial for people with poor grip. They’re fairly inexpensive and could help make mealtimes more enjoyable for both of you.
Get a free home assessment
Whether your loved one lives in your house or at their own place, it’s important to check their home is best suited for their needs. Local councils offer a free home assessment to make recommendations for changes such as grab rails, lower kitchen worktops and stairlifts. Just contact your council’s social services department for details. There’s also affordable equipment you can get yourself from Betterlife to make things easier from riser recliner chairs to help you move from sitting to standing, to stools and grab rails to make bathing a lot easier.
Look after yourself
It’s all too easy to neglect your own wellbeing when caring for someone, but it’s so important to keep yourself fit and healthy. Eating a balanced diet, making time for proper sleep and keeping on top of your own health can really help.
Regular breaks from caring are important too. Your local social services or Carers UK can advise and help support your loved one, so you can take time out. For advice visit carersuk.org or call 0808 8087777.
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The Unforgettable Book – A Family Guide to Dementia
Brought to you by the specialist team at Unforgettable, this book supports those people who are caring for a loved one living with dementia. Whether they are newly diagnosed or already on the journey, this guide will help you understand and manage changing behaviours, understand practical legal information and provide support around the daily challenges you may face. £7.99
Betterlife from LloydsPharmacy