Bathing and hygiene services, often provided by a Nursing Aide, help our patients feel positive about their appearance. When our patients look and feel their best it not only enhances their physical well-being but also their mental well-being. Bathing cleanses the body, stimulates circulation, provides relaxation and even helps to refresh the spirit. This is an important part of home care for our patients.
Whitsyms appreciates that compassion and sensitivity are of utmost importance when it comes to toileting and incontinence care. Our caring approach helps our patients maintain their dignity and self esteem.
For a number of physical reasons some patients need help getting dressed. Being dressed properly makes patients feel good about their appearance and boosts self esteem. Most often a nursing aide will provide this home care service.
In general, as part of our home health care services, caregivers help patients to eat a well balanced diet that provides the energy needed for a healthy life. They also make certain that patients stay on prescribed diets to control or prevent a variety of medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. In addition to preparing meals, caregivers are also trained to help patients feed themselves. At first this can be hard to accept, but our caring approach can turn mealtime into an enjoyable social experience.
To promote the health, safety and proper functioning of the body's many systems, caregivers are trained to move and place patients in the correct posture position. The results of proper transfer and positioning into beds and chairs helps to eliminate pressure areas on the skin, reduce muscle weakening and stiffening, and promotes proper breathing, digestion and elimination.
Caregivers are trained to help patients in and out of wheel chairs using safe transfer techniques.
Caregivers assist patients with mobility as needed to help them be as active as safely possible. The physical health benefits of an active lifestyle are well documented and include a stronger heart, lower blood pressure, improved digestion and sleep. Of course there are mental benefits as well, including stress reduction, mood improvement and an increase in mental alertness.