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How would you care for a sick person at home ?
 
This is not a glamorous topic to write on. Life, however, has its realities, and the harsh facts of life are that we cannot avoid sickness and death. Someone in the house must care for a sick person in the home. Mothers usually end up shouldering the burden of sick members in the family. Of course, their care usually extends to their sick children, usually the young ones. It is a fact that young children become sick more often, as they are more prone to infections and have lower immunity.

More often than not, when children are not well, they are suffering from the common cold or fever. The younger they are, the more important it is for the mother or caregiver to notice the symptoms. This is especially so for high fevers which could damage the child's brain or be life-threatening. Mothers are also the ones who have to bring the sick children to the doctor and follow up with whatever treatment prescribed. They also have to coax the young ones to take the prescribed medicine at the right times and watch out for their diet or rest.

A sick person is usually not in the best of moods. At worse, he can be downright irritable. Hence, caregivers have to be tactful and tolerant. It is at these times that the sick person at home really appreciates the tender love and compassion of their caregivers. Who among us cannot but remember our mother tucking us into bed when we were sick or our mother feeding us a bowl of hot porridge? It was also our mother who ensured that we drank plenty of water as the doctor instructed or avoid oily or fried food when we had sore throats. Psychologists have discovered that patients who had tender loving care recovered faster than those without.

As children grow to become teenagers, they fall sick less often. However, be it bruises, sprains or headaches, care given in the form of ointments or pills is much appreciated. When someone in the family has a serious illness, the burden of caring becomes heavier and usually falls on more shoulders. Older people are prone to more serious illnesses. When it comes to caring for the old, the burden of caring for them is much heavier. Some may have difficulty walking about or are incontinent.

A child or adult with a serious disease like cancer needs all the help available. Visits to the doctor for follow-up treatments like chemotherapy or radiation sessions must be arranged. Emotional support at home is also important. A member in a family who has kidney failure places a burden on his family members. Everyone should chip in to help out in this sad situation. For old people or young children, it is important they be monitored and reminded to take their medicine as old people may be senile and the young immature or irresponsible.

The task of caring becomes even heavier when a person is handicapped. For an old person, a fall may be life-threatening. A young child who is handicapped needs encouragement and may be easily depressed or weak-willed. For those with life-threatening diseases like AIDS or cancer, the task of caring becomes even more important. Sometimes, the care given is more psychological than physical. A tender look, sympathetic advice or human touch is as important as the medicine given.

Disease sufferers who faced bleak medical futures may even attempt suicide, so caregivers have to be vigilant. If a person is in great pain, caregivers would have to be on standby to render help. Mentally unstable patients need to be watched constantly as they may be a danger to themselves or their families.

Caring for sick people at home is no easy task. These tasks have to be taken by people who care for them at home. When the tasks of caring become onerous and family members cannot cope, they may be farmed out to hired nurses. However, care from loved ones is always the most appreciated.

     
tactful   thoughtful
     
incontinent   uncontrollable in urinatim or bowel movement
     
senile   declining in strength or mental ability
 
 

 

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