Taking care of a sick person can be a stressful experience and if you have been tasked with taking care of a patient long term, there will be a lot of things that you will need to do to prepare your life and your home for the person concerned. Keep in mind that taking care of a patient means you will be responsible for many thing including the food that the patient takes which will need to be nutritious and suitable for the person’s condition and you will also be responsible for seeing that the person is in the cleanest of conditions because infection can set in with the slightest bit of dirt.
Recreate the conditions of a hospital room
If the patient is going to be with you for a long period of time and especially if it is an indefinite period of time, you will have to think about investing some money in converting one of your bed rooms in to a clean and hygienic room that will essentially be recreating the conditions in a hospital room. This will include having to paint the entire room white and having softwall cleanrooms put in place for the patients things and medication. You will not want to use anything that you have at home currently because no matter how much you clean the place up, there can always be a speck of dust or dirt that can cause many problems. Keep in mind that every single minute speck of dirt, that may not even be visible to the naked eye could cause many problems for the patient.
You might also need to install clean room lighting in order for the doctors and care takers to come in and work in case there is an emergency and there is no time to take the patient to the hospital.You might also want to consider investing in a hospital bed which will make it easy for the patient to lie down and adjust their position if they need to. You might not be able to dedicate every minute of your time to the patient and this means that the patient will need to have ways of taking care of some of their own needs in the case there is no one to help them. A hospital bed and an easily accessible wheel chair could help the patient in this aspect. It is ideal if you can hire a nurse to stay with the patient at all times and help the patient.