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How to Help a Patient into the Shower or Bath

How to Help a Patient into the Shower or Bath

Helping a patient into the shower or bath is not easy, particularly when helping him into or out of the bath: avoid injury to yourself by keeping your back straight, bending your knees, and taking the weight on your legs and arms. Depending on the amount of help the patient requires in the bath, follow [...]

How to Help a Patient Recover from Day Treatments

How to Help a Patient Recover from Day Treatments

People who attend hospitals or centres as day patients may do so for a variety of different reasons. Patients attending hospital may be receiving continuous daily treatment or they may be attending regularly, but intermittently, for a specific course of therapy. Patients attending a centre may also receive treatment, but this is likely to be [...]

How to Help a Patient to Breathe

How to Help a Patient to Breathe

For the patient to breathe easily, his air Passages must be kept clear. This may be a straightforward matter of making sure he changes position frequently, or it may require some active care. The patient may nave a cough that needs to be controlled, or the asthmatic may need his spasm relieving. You may also [...]

How to Help a Patient to Dress and Undress

How to Help a Patient to Dress and Undress

Choice of clothing is a very personal thing and both patients and their relatives will probably have fixed ideas about what they like and dislike. Cultural or religious traditions may also determine the clothes they wear. However, if illness or disability makes it necessary to adapt clothing for a specific need, most people appreciate help. [...]

How to Help a Patient to Make Good Use of His Time

How to Help a Patient to Make Good Use of His Time

Recreation means exactly what it says: re­creation. It covers any activity that is found to be refreshing and renewing. Patients need it as much as anybody else, but many find it almost impossible to think up stimulating ways to pass the time, or to arrange activities for themselves. As a volunteer you have a very [...]

How to Help a Patient to Overcome Disabilities and Master New Skills

How to Help a Patient to Overcome Disabilities and Master New Skills

A baby at birth knows nothing about the world. To develop normally he must learn. The only way he can learn is by taking an interest in his surroundings. For this reason every healthy baby is born curious. Curiosity is an important factor in child development. Without it the infant would not begin to explore [...]

How to Help a Patient Who is Newly Discharged from Hospital

How to Help a Patient Who is Newly Discharged from Hospital

When a patient is discharged from hospital into the home, you will need information on a number of points in order to assess his condition and estimate how much and what sort of care he needs. How much activity may he undertake? How much rest should he have? Are there medicines to be given? Are [...]

How to Help a Patient with Mentally Illness

How to Help a Patient with Mentally Illness

Volunteers who are caring for the mentally ill often ask: “What should I say?” There is no magic formula, no easy answer, but with care and thought it is unlikely that anything you do or say will be harmful to the patient. If in doubt, try listening rather than talking. Listening is often of great [...]

How to Help the Patient in a Wheelchair

How to Help the Patient in a Wheelchair

As a volunteer or helper in the home, you may find that you have to care for a patient in a wheelchair. The help you give will depend on the type of patient involved. The disabled person confined permanently to a wheelchair will be very familiar with the way to use it and will probably [...]

How to Help the Patient in Bed

How to Help the Patient in Bed

Most homes have low beds. These make nursing difficult, mainly because the risk of back strain for the helper is greater. Bed blocks can be placed under the bed legs to increase the height: they must be checked frequently as they may become unstable. If the patient is being nursed in a double bed it [...]

How to Help the Patient to Avoid the Dangers of the Environment

How to Help the Patient to Avoid the Dangers of the Environment

Healthy people are usually able to choose their environment. If anything makes it uncomfortable or dangerous, they are free to make adjustments or move away. The person confined to bed is dependent upon those nursing him to see that his surroundings are safe. As a volunteer, one of your tasks may be to provide a [...]

How to Help the Patient to Keep His Body Clean

How to Help the Patient to Keep His Body Clean

The feverish patient sweats profusely and becomes hot, sticky, and uncomfortable. This is because the sweat glands in his skin are more active than usual. A regular part of your nursing care will be helping him to keep his body clean; in so doing you are removing stale sweat and allowing the glands to secrete [...]

How to Help the Patient to Take and Care for His Medicines

How to Help the Patient to Take and Care for His Medicines

The ancients were studying simple plants for their healing properties long before anything precise was known about the nature of drugs. The plants were used to prevent disease, cure illness or relieve symptoms, but nothing was known about their mode of action. It is only in recent years that the study of drugs has developed [...]

How to Help Your Patient to Deal with His Excretions

How to Help Your Patient to Deal with His Excretions

Helping the patient with elimination is one of the most testing aspects of your nursing care. A difficult and embarrassing service for the patient to accept, he must never sense that it is difficult or embarrassing for you to give. Your priority is to maintain the patient’s dignity at all times, even if he is [...]

How to Help Your Patient to Deal with His Faeces

How to Help Your Patient to Deal with His Faeces

The process of food digestion begins in the stomach and is completed in the duodenum and small intestine. Nutrients are absorbed through the intestinal wall into the blood­stream. Water and undigested remains pass into the large intestine, where most of the water is reabsorbed. The remaining wastes, known as faeces, are expelled through the anal [...]