These Essential Supplies Make Caregiving a Little Easier

These Essential Supplies Make Caregiving a Little Easier
The hardest job becomes easier when the right supplies are on hand. This is especially true with caregiving. Every day is a learning experience. We learn what is essential for the care and the service of the person we are caring for. The following tools and materials can help make the job easier: Washcloths Washcloths are one of the most important tools in a caregiver’s arsenal. They don't need to be expensive and can be used for cleanups. White is always a smart color choice. Launder the washcloths in hot water and bleach to sanitize, or use peroxide if you prefer something less toxic. Towels Like washcloths, the more towels that are at your disposal, the better. Absorbent, oversized towels are great after a shower or bath and keep the patient warm. They also prevent the patient from feeling exposed. Again, use white towels for easy laundering. Rubber or latex gloves To keep germs at bay, wear disposable rubber or latex gloves. Gloves provide protection for you and your patient. However, don’t wear gloves for every caregiving duty. Otherwise, the experience might feel sterile and impersonal. Gloves should not be worn if the patient is allergic to latex. Vinegar Everyday white vinegar acts as a softener in the wash and is helpful in dispelling odors from sheets, underwear, and other pieces of clothing. It can be used on sweat stains and is a natural cleaner for bathroom floors and countertops. Underpads Incontinence accompanies late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Underpads are useful for protecting sheets, mattresses, and seating cushions. They are absorbent and are either disposable or washable. Disposable pads are lined with a thin sheet of plastic. Nondisposable pads, also known as chux pads, are heavier than disposable ones. They are highl
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