Taking Care of Our Elderly

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When taking care of the elderly, a person must be patient, they must listen and they must help the elderly maintain some independence. Find out how to determine what an elderly patient wants with help from a board-licensed practical nurse in this free video on nursing and becoming a nurse.

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If you're in a profession where you're taking care of an elderly person, or maybe have an elderly person living with you at home, there are certain ways to maybe make it a little better for you. I'm Dan Carlson. I'm a nurse, and this is taking care of our elderly. First things first, you've got to be real patient. A lot of them are elderly, so they know what they like, they know what they've been doing for all these years, and they don't really like a lot of change, so be patient. Try to work around what they like to do, and just try to listen to them. Sometimes, it's just good to sit down, and have a long conversation with them. They enjoy that very much. A lot of things, look at what you're doing for them. Are you doing too much? Try to give them a sense of independence, as well. What you want to do too, is maybe not spend too much time with them, maybe to just kind of let them go back on their own, for a little bit. You've just got to be patient with them though, because they do know what they want, and they know how to get it, whether it's nice or not to you. What you've got to do, independence, keep that going. Make sure to help them when needed, but not to really baby them, so listening, spending time with them, and maintaining that self independence, are all very important aspects, of caring for our elderly. I'm Dan Carlson. Thank you.

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