Home care brings major changes to the home. The patient may need the largest of your bedrooms…to fit a hospital bed, monitoring and life-support equipment, space to maneuver a Hoyer lift, storage for clothing and frequently used medical supplies. Because of the frequent interruptions occasioned by treatments, medications, and feedings, a Significant Other will likely find it advantageous to sleep elsewhere in the home. A television, a CD player, and a radio and a reading lamp help in providing entertainment for the bedridden patient. We subscribed to a wide spectrum of TV channels, though only a few became favorites. (Cooper, 2011)
You’ll need a surprising amount of room to store your wheelchair, lift, disposable absorbent materials (Depends, etc.,), pads, gloves, equipment tubing and associated filters and connectors, your oxygen supplies (tanks, concentrator), medical record files, feeding supplies, etc.
Preparation of medications and feeding materials normally occurs in a kitchen setting, but you need to set aside an area separate from what the family uses for preparing and eating meals. If the patient cannot safely swallow, you will need to pose signs that say, “Nothing to swallow, NPO” (NPO is nil per os, Latin for “nothing by mouth”).