Caring for a Loved One at Home
The home is a common place to provide care for a loved one. Whether you are helping them get back on their feet after being released from the hospital or whether you are helping them manage a chronic or advanced illness—we know you are dedicated to giving them the best care possible. In this section, you can find resources to help you on this journey.
Know your options when you can no longer care for your family member at home. Explore options for long-term care using this guide developed by MJHS.
Being prepared for emergencies such as house fires, hurricanes, floods, or other natural disasters is very important. The following article can guide you on creating an Emergency Plan to prepare yourself on what needs to be done before, during, and after an emergency.
If a family member has an infection, they may risk spreading it to a person who is “at risk.” The home and surroundings must be constantly kept as clean as possible. Take these steps to prevent infection in the home.
Suppose you are taking care of someone with a lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). In that case, their doctor may have prescribed oxygen therapy to get more oxygen to breathe. Below is an overview of some of the equipment you might encounter and tips on using them safely while taking care of your relative at home.
If a fire starts in your home, you will most likely have less than two minutes to escape. Early warning from a smoke detector can save your life. But having a working fire detector is not the only thing you can do. Thinking through some everyday things ahead of time can make a big difference. This article will help you think through some of those important things.
Falls are the leading cause of death when it comes to home accidents. They make up a third of all fatalities. Falls are common among older adults and may lead to fractures, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and long-term care. Most falls tend to happen between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This article provides some helpful information on how to make your home a fall-free zone.
Understand the varied benefits of keeping seniors active and learn how to overcome challenges to motivate them.
Caring for a loved one far away can be difficult. Read some helpful tips on how to manage some of the most common challenges.