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Home Health Caregivers An Essential Caregiving Checklist

An Essential Caregiving Checklist

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Hospitality comes in many forms.

Whether in the home assisting a sick loved one or providing professional care to those who need help in a hospital, delivering a form of care that is filled with love is essential. Offering lovable and nurturing care comes along with cleanliness. Staying healthy and clean while being a caregiver falls under providing love and attention to those who need it. 

The following 10 tips are meant to offer guidance for a clean and healthy caregiving experience.

1. Keep Germs Under Control

Don’t make a sticky situation stickier. Just because it doesn’t look dirty, doesn’t mean it’s not. Germs are everywhere and when you’re in the situation of being a caregiver, it’s essential that you and your care recipient keep clear of as many germs as possible. One way to clean up the germs you might not be able to see is using the Clorox Germ Control Kit. Inside the kit includes antimicrobial hand soap, germicidal bleach wipes, hand sanitizer, a caregiving guide and more.

2. Ensure Comfort Always

One form of comfort to you might not be comfortable to your care recipient. Remember to make sure your loved one is physically and mentally comfortable as much as possible. Though you don’t want to harass them until they’re frustrated, sometimes one simple fix to a back pillow makes all the difference in someone’s physical comfort.

3. Feel Your Best When Helping with Care

While your priority is likely your care recipient, you have to remember that the best care is provided when you feel your best. Your care recipient or loved one can identify the mood you’re in and if you radiating positive energy will go a long way. So exercise, get in your Yoga time, eat a healthy breakfast and you’ll be much better off to provide optimal care.

4. Practice What You Preach

It can get awkward sometimes when instructing someone to follow rules or in the case of a caretaker, when instructing someone to do something personal even though it’s beneficial. The best way to get your point across is to show by example that you’re not diminishing them, but right beside them for their journey. If you need your care recipient to start eating better, bring in a healthy lunch for the two of you to share. The offering will make your care recipient feel more independent and more open to future advice.

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5. Keep Communication Open

Care recipients might become frustrated if they’re left in the dark on information or plans. On your side, you might feel guilty for delivering certain news or asking for certain information. Let your care recipient know what’s going on for the day and if there’s something happening you know they won’t like, give them a light and comforting warning instead of springing the news. They might be frustrated with that process, but won’t hold it against you for being honest and warm.

6. Prepare for the Unexpected

When caregiving, things pop up and you don’t want to find yourself in a situation of panic and feeling out of control. One common happening is your care recipient having a rash. In this case, you’ll want to have your Clorox Rash Relief Ointment handy and on call. The small 4 fluid ounce tube will relieve skin irritation and helps protect skin. By having tools prepared in advance, your loved one will feel less embarrassed and more comfortable knowing that you were prepared to provide some unexpected assistance.

7. Disinfect

When you’re done for the day, take the extra time to disinfect. Those added minutes to clean go a long way in health benefits. Overall, you and your care recipient will feel better the next day knowing that things are cleaned up from the day before. Clorox’s Disinfecting & Deodorizing Spray will help you achieve a breath of fresh air. Killing 99.9% of germs before you leave is the best way to go.

8. Get to Know Your Care Recipient

Even if you’re caring for a family member, there are things about them they might open up to after spending so much time together. Be open to hearing new stories, or even listening closely to a story they’ve told before. When interacting on such personal levels, people are bound to open up to those around them they trust. Not only will they appreciate being listened to, you’ll get to know your care recipient more and understand how to move forward in a relationship with them.

9. Encourage

Hygiene One of the biggest struggles of being a caregiver is insisting on hygiene. Those being cared for might not feel up for a bath or might feel embarrassed. However, everyone feels better after a good cleaning and your loved one will appreciate the gesture. Clorox’s Bed Bath & Hygiene kit reassures the health and hygiene of your recipient. It includes no-rinse shampoo, bathing wipes, aloe lotion, hand sanitizer, and more. Your care recipient will be grateful and you will have used the most efficient cleaning products possible to assure their hygiene!

10. Keep It Real

Being a caregiver might make it seem like you have to put up a front or say things you don’t mean in order to benefit someone you really care about. However, being fake can sometimes come across as not caring. Remaining honest and staying true to your personality makes the days easier and more pleasant. Look to your care recipient as someone who cares about you just as much as you care about him or her.

This article is sponsored by Clorox.

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