We have been fortunate to have had a chance to take care of our ailing parents and grandparents. Granted, it wasn't easy, but what a great opportunity to return the favor for all the sacrifices and graces they've showered on us over the years.
The thing to remember when taking care of a sick loved one is to always make time for yourself and whenever you get the chance to make your work a little easier, then take advantage of that chance. Always remind yourself that you can't take care of anyone else if you are not healthy yourself. I suppose that advice would apply to mommies too. Take care of yourself, then turn your attention to someone else. Everyone will be happier this way.
When you are taking care of someone who is bedridden, it is a good idea to get a hospital bed that can move up, down or recline in any angle. This will save your back from having to bend down too low or too high. These beds also come with a waterproof cover on the mattress to save you trouble when accidents happen, and they will. Some people are worried about cost, but as we found out, you can rent these beds rather than buying them outright, and some insurance policies and Medicare will cover the cost.
If your patient is able to move around and you have a second story to your home, then stairlifts are indispensable. They will allow your patient mobility to be able to go up and down without your assistance, saving their self-esteem and you effort. Sometimes something as simple as a gadget to ease your work is priceless. So if you get a chance to make life easier, then find a way to do it.