The National Center on Caregiving's Family Caregiver Alliance offers help and support to caregivers of all types. Whether you're taking care of a family member at home, or you work in a senior living facility you're probably faced with a lot of situations that put you in unfamiliar territory. The Family Caregiving Alliance offers education and support to help guide you through these challenging times.
Here's how the Family Caregiving Alliance describes the work they do: “FCA is first and foremost a public voice for caregivers. Founded in the late 1970s, we were the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. We illuminate the caregivers' daily challenges to better the lives of caregivers nationally, provide them the assistance they need and deserve, and champion their cause through education, services, research and advocacy.”
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One of the key components of caregiving addresses important needs of aging adults called activities of daily living (or ADL's). These activities include those many of us take for granted like eating, dressing and going to the bathroom. If any of you are dealing with an aging family member today, you know that even the most basic activities become a struggle for some. It's the caregiver's job to understand how to help in the best way possible.
The term “activities of daily living,” or ADLs, refers to the basic tasks of everyday life, such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and transferring. When people are unable to perform these activities, they need help in order to cope, either from other human beings or mechanical devices or both. – The US Department of Health and Human Services
The video we're sharing (below) offers some great guidance on how best to bathe and dress someone that requires assistance. This is chapter 4 in what the Family Caregiver Alliance is calling their “Caregiver College Video Series”. It's titled “Bathing and Dressing”. This video also includes five very important points to remember when bathing and dressing an aging parent:
- Don't Rush
- Make it Safe
- Allow Independence
- Talk It Through
- Show and Tell