INFORMATION FOR THOSE HELPING SOMEONE WITH AIDS
AID IN HANDLING THEIR BUSINESS
Make sure that you’re aware of the medications that they might be prescribed, how to take them and when to take them, any possible side effects, and when you should call their doctor.
You could suggest you take them to their appointments. Lend a hand with doing things like filling out paperwork and contacting the hospital. Try to go get their prescriptions as well.
Regarding certain medical care or life-support decisions, you might have to be legally labeled as the one in charge of their care. If you plan on filing insurance reports or paying bills, you might need a power of attorney as well.
Bringing up a will may be complicated, but making one is important, especially before they mentally deteriorate.
If both you and your loved one are comfortable with it, you should discuss their wishes. Wishes meaning things such as, would they rather die at their home or at a place? And would they like to plan their funeral?
Although this conversation may be pretty hard, it will help you both know that things will be taken care of the way you would both like. Plus it makes everything easier for everybody else when that time does come.
CARE FOR YOURSELF TOO
While caring for someone else, you need to make sure you’re also taking care of yourself too. Just like them you need healthy food, exercise, and plenty of relaxing time. Make time to do things that you like to do to take care of yourself emotionally. If you’re interested in having a longer time off, you can call a place to see if they have somebody to care for your loved one while you enjoy some down time.
Consider visiting a counselor or looking into a support group. Chatting with other people who are dealing with comparable experiences might be able to offer you the chance to talk about your difficulties in a secure, nonjudgmental environment and help you feel valued.
FURTHER YOUR KNOWLEDGE
The first thing you should do is look into HIV and AIDS. This will help you be ready for what to expect and how to take care of loved on. Not only will it help you with being ready, but it will also ease your mind by getting rid of made up fears and tall tales.
CREATE COMFORT FOR YOUR LOVED ONE
Pretty much everyone feels way more comfortable in their own home. Find out what you can do to make where they’re staying feel like home. A lot of people may be nervous to seek help, particularly with bathing or going to the bathroom. Try to get them a room nearby a restroom if possible, and make sure to leave items such as tissues, towels, and blankets, where they can get to them easily. If they want to talk, let them, but don’t try to force them too. Bringing up their sickness is fine as long as both of you are comfortable. If they don’t seem so comfortable, change the topic.
Be sure that you’re watching after yourself too. Your health is super important, especially while caring for a loved one.
What they’re able to do will obviously depend on their health. So take time and come to an agreement about things like what has to be done, how much everyone can do, and when further assistance is needed.
Your loved one might have lost their control over certain things, but you don’t need to do everything for them, allow them to make choices and be in charge when they can. You could have them help out a bit whenever they can. Make sure to include them, don’t let them feel left out.
Taking care of somebody with highly developed AIDS can be tricky. However it may also provide you with valuable time and important experiences with them. Not only that, but it might help you discover different strengths inside yourself too.
Things that might not harm you or maybe make you mildly ill can be super serious, even life-ending, to somebody suffering from AIDS. Be sure you’ve got all your immunizations done and don’t let any sick visitors in.
Make sure you’re washing your hands frequently, and using gloves if you’re touching any fluids or waste. Be sure you aren’t sharing things such as toothbrushes, tweezers, or razors.
HELP THEIR OVERALL HEALTH
Try your hardest in serving them a good diet with everything they need. Junk food along with spicy foods shouldn’t be included in this diet. Make sure that all of the food they’re getting is clean and cooked properly.
Persuade your loved one to take in as much as possible. They might get a drug to help the feeling of nausea.
Some people tend to stay in bed a lot of the time, if this is the case, assist them in moving around more. Being in a single place can cause bed sores, firm joints, pneumonia, etc. Professionals can help demonstrate easy exercises that help circulation and lessen stiffness. You should try to get them up and moving at least every day.
To guard their skin place soft objects beneath them and maintain dry sheets. Rub body parts that push downward on the bed. If you start to see redness or busted areas on the skin, inform their doctor immediately.
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