Strategies that Work: Bed Bound

These strategies are examples of what has worked for other caregivers in the past. Many services are offered in the community to help caregivers—and those being cared for—cope with the challenges of daily living and reduce stress. Links within the table will take you to our Community Services page, where you will find a more detailed description of the service and, in some cases, coupons that will let you try the service at a special, introductory rate.

Concern or Problem Strategies and Available Services Comments from Caregivers
Requires assistance with bathing and personal care Have a Personal Care aide come 3 times a week for bathing and personal care “My dad feels better getting this from someone not so close to family”
Purchase alternating pressure mattress to prevent skin breakdown and undergarment supplies from a Medical Equipment supplier “My son does not have any skin problems now”
“We use a lot of pull-ups so it helps to have them come right to the home”
Alone at times Get Personal Emergency Response System that will allow emergency personnel to be summoned at the touch of a button “Now we both feel better knowing if something happens she can press a button for help”
Contact Personal Emergency Response provider to install Monitoring Technology to help you easily stay in touch and feel assured when you can’t be there “I can see and talk to my mom from work”
Have a Volunteer Caregiver come once a week to provide companionship “My brother looks forward to his visitor because he plays cards”
Reduce stress of the one providing care Have a Homemaking aide come two times a week to do laundry and change the bed “It really helps to have someone assist with cleaning”
Utilize Out of Home Respite at a small facility for one week “My husband and I went up north like we used too, and we will do it again later this year”
Utilize In Home Respite one day a week “I can make my doctors or other appointments for that day”
Unable to get to doctors Have a doctor come to home one time a month “It helps to have the doctor come and let me know if he is okay.” “They even check his blood”
Have podiatrist come to cut nails and do foot care every 3 months “I never knew there was a traveling foot doctor.”
Reduce stress of the one providing care Work with a Counseling Service “Helped me deal with family issues”

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