A Guide to Looking after a Vulnerable Family Member 

Looking after someone, you care about can be a rewarding experience. But it can also be a draining one, especially if you haven’t taken steps to make the process more manageable. So, how can we make this job easier? There are a few steps to consider.

Register as a carer

If you notify your local GP that you’re caring for someone, then you might be entitled to certain benefits such as carers allowance, as well as advice and support. You may even be offered to get a free flu jab, which will help you to protect yourself and your loved one. 

Be organized and prepared

Getting yourself organised will make your life as a carer significantly easier. Having a contingency plan for when you aren’t available will give you peace of mind. This might be as simple as arranging for another family member to drop in, or it might mean enlisting professional help.

It might be that you need to drive your loved one’s vehicle, in which case getting the appropriate temporary car insurance might be very useful. Do this ahead of time, since it isn’t something, you’ll want to worry about when you need to get somewhere.

Finally, you’ll want to keep track of doctor’s appointments. Use a digital calendar, or a physical one, and make sure that you don’t miss a single one.

Managing medication

When you’re acting as a carer, you’ll have a duty to make sure that you have enough of the medication your loved one needs. Again, a system of alerts can be helpful. Things are much easier here when you have a routine in place. If you’re always administering medication at a given time, then you’re less likely to miss it. You might also separate doses into labelled boxes at the start of each week, to give yourself extra peace of mind.

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Help with home adaptations

Adapting the home to best suit the need of the patient is vital. Sometimes, these changes can involve major work – but in many cases, you can make life a lot easier with just a little bit of expenditure. Widening doorways, lowering countertops and installing lifts might fall into the former category; installing security lights, video phones, voice assistants and other electronic aids might fit into the latter.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Caring for a patient, as we’ve mentioned, can be exhausting. If you feel that your performance as a carer is suffering as a result of fatigue, then soldiering on shouldn’t be considered an option. Seek help where you can get it. You’re putting your family member at risk if you attempt to administer care when you’re not in a fit state to do so.

We’ve just scratched the surface of what’s required of a full-time carer, but there are plenty of resources out there to help people in this position. Take advantage of the resources available to you, and make sure that you look after yourself, as well as the person for whom you’re caring!