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Homecare Attendant Tips

Updated on April 25, 2015
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Susan Britton is a Homecare Attendant.These are tips that she personally learned from the Palliative Care RN's that care for people at home.

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DIY Easy Senior Home Health Care
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Senior Home Health Care Tools

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Tools for Home Health Care

  • The first thing you should purchase is a thermometer for taking temperature. If your loved gets a temperature that means some kind of infection is going on.

Thermometer goes in the mouth under the tongue with the mouth closed. If your loved one does not co-operate you can use the armpit or rectum as a last resort.

98.6 is the normal

101 plus is a warning temperature to call 911. The thermometer featured here at the bottom of this picture lights a different color for different temperatures with red as a temperature of 101. Take your loved ones temperature every day. These can be purchased at the dollar store.


  • Second is a Oxywatch in the picture. This device measures how much oxygen your loved one is getting. If it goes below 90 that is another warning sign to call a doctor or home nurse for advice on what to do. Sometimes it is as easy has getting your loved one to take deep breaths to get their oxygen up past 90.

This little machine also recodes heart beat. Heart beat is very important to monitor. If your loved ones heart beat is usually 60 and spiked to 130 then something is wrong.

In a healthy person 80-120 is the norm but that is not always the case with someone laying down most of the time. The oxywatch costs about 40 $ but it will keep your worries to the minimum by using it a couple times a day. This machine is well worth the money.

  • The third one is a blood pressure machine. We have all used these I am sure.

High blood pressure is 130/90 and low blood pressure is 80/50. If you have a low blood pressure call your home nurse and they could tell you to put salt in a glass of Gatorade and get your loved one to drink it to bring their blood pressure up. This was the advice I got from my home nurse but call for your own advice every case is different.

The best thing to do is keep a log sheet of what is going on with all these readings. Also record bowel movements and what kind of drugs your loved ones are taking. You should also monitor their weight, and have their age, and height on the log sheet. Keeping this log sheet updated, one page for each month, for when your loved does have to go in an ambulance, the paramedics will thank you, for all these records in one place, instead of wasting valuable time finding it all.




Making a Healthy Home Care Bed

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Bed Mats
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Bed Mats
Bed Mats | Source

Healthy Home Care Bed

  • First of all get a plastic zippered mattress cover to cover your loved ones bed mattress. This cover protects the mattress but also can be wiped clean with Lysol wipes to disinfect it or washed on low heat in the washing machine to keep germs away.
  • Second I used bed mats on top of the bottom sheet to keep moisture away from your loved one in case the adult protection (diaper) leeks. If your loved one is having a bad day and won't roll back and forth on the bed for the diaper changes; you can pull the mattress cover up between their legs to absorb the body wastes. This only works if your loved one stays on their back but is a solution until they are well enough for the changes again. This is also a solution for your back pain, bending over your loved one, fighting to remove a diaper on a weak person. A good solution for nighttime changes.
  • The ones I found to work the best are a new product called Good Nites, bed mats for children bed wetters. They work great because they have a square of tape on each corner, to attach them to the bed, to keep them in place, instead of balling up in the night and not doing their job. The only downfall about them, is your loved one can get their hair or pajamas caught on the sticky tape and then they get trapped, until they call you and yes this did happen to us.

More Home Health Care Tips

Rubber gloves
Rubber gloves | Source
adult wipes
adult wipes | Source
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Adult protection
Adult protection | Source
This is a great product and I use these the most.
This is a great product and I use these the most. | Source

Great Easy Home Health Care Tips

Buy lots of rubber gloves. Some people are allergic to latex so buy non-latex gloves that are powder free. Wear your rubber gloves, each time you change your loved one because you never know what viruses they may be acquiring or what viruses you could be giving them from even coming home from a shopping trip.

Who ever invented adult wipes are a God send. They are great for all kinds of messes and easier on the tender skin that paper towels. Most adult wipes do have aloe or other skin healing additives in them.

Use Hydrophor ointment. Put this on their butt at every change as it helps to keep moister from laying directly on their skin and prevents chaffing, and break down of the skin causing bed sores.


Adult diapers are very important to know what kind to use. The panty pull up you see here holds a lot more wetness away from the skin and holds a lot more wetness in the diaper so the bed stays drier. The blue adult diaper is easier to change at night with the side tabs. It does leek and sometimes the tabs get ripped off or attach themselves to your loved ones skin and will hurt when you rip the tabs off.

bed sore patches
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Bed sore Patches
Bed sore Patches | Source
Petroleum jelly is a great substitute.
Petroleum jelly is a great substitute. | Source

Bed Sore Medicine

In the event of a breakdown of the skin, don't panic. You need to keep bed sores clean with alcohol wipes and then simply put a patch over it to keep it from direct contact with the diaper.

The two I used were Lidoderm and Duoderm. Do not peel off the back of these patches and stick the whole patch on their sore. It will just peel off in no time and be something to hinder their bed sore more. You can cut these patches into quarters and use them this way but make sure patch is big enough to cover bed sore.

The one I prefer is duoderm that I got from the Home nurse. I cut into quarters and had a much better time of keeping it stuck where I put it and it can be left on for two days. This healed the sore much faster than the other patch.

TIP: Do not be afraid to tell your home nurse your problems and ask them to get products to help .


Elderly Home Health Care Products

Barrier cream wipes
Barrier cream wipes | Source
Alcohol wipes
Alcohol wipes | Source
Poop remedies
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Home Health Care Products

  • Barrier wipes are the best to use at diaper changes to prevent bed sores and skin breakdown.
  • I can't say enough about alcohol wipes. You can use these to clean bed sores, wipe off your tools, clean your own hands and anything else that needs to be rid of germs. A must have tool for home health care.
  • Now that you have every thing clean, not having a bowel movement can become a painful experience for your loves one. I gave my loved two Senokot-S, one in the morning and one at night to prevent constipation in a gentle, natural way. If this doesn't work in 3 days give 2ML of Milk of Magnesium twice a day and I am sure this will fix their problem.
  • You can purchase Senokot-s at any drug store . It is around $22 dollars but is worth the price.
  • TIP: Most of the products here you will receive when your loved one is in hospital. You are allowed to take everything home from the room when you leave so take it all. You paid for it and having a sick loved one adds up. Other products I mentioned here come from your local drugstore or you can get your home health care nurse to get them for you. I hope these home health care tips helped you to be a more confident health care giver. Thank you for reading. If you have some health care tips, feel free to add them in the comments.



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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Suzzy,

      This is awesome. You have covered this subject thoroughly here and have provided excellent advice.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Faith Reaper. I have learned a lot from helping my friend. I appreciate your time and have a great day.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Suzzy - I commend you for writing an important hub. Having been a primary care provider for two of my loved ones, I only wish someone had clued me in on these tips and suggestions. I send prayers and blessings to you. I have been down this road and it takes a special human being to handle the loving care.

      Blessings to you Suzzy.

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Shiningirisheyes. That is the reason I wrote this so others don't have to stumble around like I did. It is important to spot things right away with thermometers ect. Thanks again for the compliment.

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      Shariful Islam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      Very nicely written hub. Some great tips forhome health care. voted up and more!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so very thoughtful---providing health care tips for the elderly. You are a noble soul, suzzycue.

      I have experienced this, that is taking care of the elderly and I can say, the list is great. You have included almost everything.

      Thanks for this engaging and thoughtful hub!

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ sarifearnbd Thank you for your votes, comments and more. I really appreciate it.

      @ ChitrangadaSharan Thank you. Your comment has touched me deeply.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is extremely useful. I am helping an elderly parent who is having problems right now. We have a lot of these things in my parents house right now and are adding more items each day.

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bless you Glimmer Twin Fan. I hope it goes well and try not to make a job of it and it will go better. laugh at your mistakes because they don't matter. Laugh every day even if things aren't funny. Take care and thanks for reading. I am so glad I could help you.

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      AnnaCia 3 years ago

      Voted up, voted up. Nice job. Taking care of our elderly while respecting their dignity.

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you AnnaCia so much for your comment.

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      oran-homecare 3 years ago

      You have provide good tips on Senior Home Health Care this will be very helpful.

      By www.oranhomecare.com

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you oran-homecare. This is a great compliment coming from you.

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      orandementiacare 3 years ago

      Hey even i have experienced this and you have provided valuable and easy Tips for Senior Care.

      By www.orandementiacare.com

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you @orandementiacare. My friend passed on last May but I was there for her every need and she appreciated that. I wanted to share what I learned to help someone else when their time came.

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      Amanda 19 months ago

      Great advice here! I would say you need a cushion in the chair, especially if you have a loved one or patient that will sit all day and could be at risk for bed sores. I know most patients need to get up and walk around, but for those patients that cannot, i would recommend an air cushion. My favorite is the EHOB chair cushion!

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      Susan Britton 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot @Amanda for the tips. I appreciate your input. My friend had a cushion that came with her wheelchair but it is always good to know a reputable name for a wheelchair cushion.

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      Allanlie 10 months ago

      Thanks for this Article. I would like to share my views about Senior Health. We can give a happiness to them by caring. Many Caring Center provide senior health care facilities like Medical, Beauty, and Other. You can take help for senior heath by a Adult/Senior Health care center like: http://www.pathoflifeassistedliving.com

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      Susan Britton 10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you @Allanlie for sharing your views, but my friend wanted to be in her home and it was my pleasure to care for her there. We had lots of quality time sitting together for hours and she knew I was beside her. That is what her wishes were, to be home and not to die alone without me and her son at her side. She passed on peacefully and I am proud of my accomplishment for my friend.

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