The thought of taking a patient out of their daily environment seems like a daunting task. However, quick outings are beneficial to the patient. The following is a list of suggestions to make the outing more comfortable for all involved.
Carefully consider where you will go, mobility issues, access to the location, the transporting vehicle, stamina, and the importance of the buddy system. Have a definite destination in mind. Do not get in the car without a clear plan. Most importantly, know the patient’s limitations and carefully consider them when planning.
Invite another caregiver to join you in case of a stumble or need to drop the person off at an entrance before parking the car.
Loading Up and Heading Out
When getting the patient into the car, it is best to park approximately a foot from the curb or other elevated spot. This allows the patient to step down and move around to find the best position for getting into the vehicle if necessary.
Listen to the charge. They will usually tell you what they need from you in terms of assistance and how to help them feel secure. Stay close and pay attention to nonverbal cues such as inability to find handrails. Use ramps rather than stairs. Stay ever-attentive when moving about. Never leave the elderly patient alone. This is why the buddy system is very important.
The Return Home
Often, it will be difficult to convince the elderly patient it is time to leave. In this case, redirect attention and suggest that it is time for you to get back. Keeping these outings short and simple will be of benefit to all. Discuss what other opportunities will present themselves on other days.
Upon arrival at the residence, it is likely the patient will be tired and in need of a clearly focused caregiver to help them get into their living quarters. Employ the assistance of your buddy when unloading. Then, sit, relax and reminisce.
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