When providing care to older adults, it can take a long time compared to the time we need to do the same tasks. When you list out what we do in the first hour of our day, it ends up being a long list.
- Get out of bed
- Put on slippers
- Make Coffee
- Brush teeth
- Use the bathroom
- Take a shower
- Make the bed
- Cook breakfast
- Eat breakfast
- Clean up
- Leave for the day
For an able-bodied person, that might take an hour or so, but for a senior, it could take longer than that!
For an 85-year-old person, it might take on average an extra 5 minutes per task to do this morning routine. That could be nearly an extra hour each morning.
Now, not all eighty-five year-olds shower every day, but the point is older adults take more time. For some seniors getting out of bed can require a lot of help.
The reason we bring this up is that some families forget this and question why a caregiver need to come into the home for 3+ hours. Why can’t this be completed in forty-five minutes?
So we talk about this issue and more on the latest podcast.
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