by Jane Weyman
In Britain, 7% of children are living with a disability, while there are also over 100,000 children that have special educational needs. It is paramount that these children are exceptionally well looked after. Many parents have carers and nurses that assist them regularly or from time-to-time to help look after their children. This assistance is extremely valuable. If you have a new nurse or a carer, here are some tips to help you handover duties to them easily.
A chart of daily needs
One of the most important things you need to do if you are taking on a new nurse or carer to look after your child, is to provide them with a chart of their daily needs. You may find it helpful to write a diary of how each day goes, from the morning routine, to what needs to be done before bed. If your child is living with autism, aspergers or other special needs, the little details can be very important to them. Make sure that your new nurse understands how to deal with any potential problem situations that might on a regular basis. Also, make sure the charging of your Invisabelt is built in to that routine so it’s never without battery.
Familiarize them with GPS Invisabelt
Give your new nurse a basic rundown of how Invisabelt works. Make sure that they have access to the GTX Corp Monitoring Portal. If they have a smartphone, you can ask them to download the Smart Locator App, so that they always know where your child is if they leave the house. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play Store. Show them when and how you put on the Invisabelt so that your child can experience continuity with the Invisabelt device. A sudden change can create resistance, so show your new carer what works for you.
Talk about travel practicalities
Getting out and about can sometimes be a challenge. Make sure you let your new nurse or carer know the procedures for leaving the house. It may be that your nurse has their own transport, or you may have to organize alternative arrangements. It is always helpful to keep a “going out” bag packed and ready, to include spare clothes, snacks, entertainment and medication if necessary. This way the bag can be picked up at a moments notice. Keep your Invisabelt charged and ready so you don’t forget to put it on before you leave.
Label important medications
If your child is taking medication, this should be clearly labelled. You should keep a chart showing exactly when medication needs to be taken and if there are specific instructions. For instance, there may be a tablet that needs to be taken with food at a certain time of day. It is a good idea to keep medication in a weekly medicine box, with separate compartments for each day. Make sure that you have system for your nurse or carer to inform you if they find that any medications are running low. You should have a clear record keeping system documenting exactly when medications have been taken.
Having a practical handover if you have employed a new nurse or carer is all about organization. Keeping lists and charts of all tasks is vital, so that everything that needs doing is covered.