Caregivers and their patients can become very close but no one can be expected to know what the other one wants without effective communication. Empathy and understanding can go a long way to ease problematic communications.
After years of caregiving, I believe I know Lynn’s body and his emotional and physical needs as well or better than my own. Actually, I probably know it better because I don’t pay attention to my own. By becoming that familiar with him, I’ve been able to take quick action to prevent minor problems from becoming major ones most of the time. However, by being so vigilante and adapt at making these assessments, it has resulted in a different problem—Lynn expects me to intuitively know what he needs!
For example, Lynn uses an air cushion seat. The cushion is made up of multiple rows of air bladders that disperse air away from the weighted area (where he sits) to the outward bladders. He then sits on a small layer of air which minimizes the pressure against his buttock. The device is great because the firmness of the cushion can be…
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