Things I learned by watching YouTube
- How to take out my old dishwasher & put in a new one
- How to take out an over-the-stove vent
- How to take down kitchen shelves
- How to feed someone through a feeding tube WHAT?!
Most people search YouTube for funny cat or dog and music videos by their favorite artist. I usually search for help with DIY projects. However, the other day I found that YouTube is not just for entertainment and the random DIY home project, it can help with caregiving challenges as well.
How this came to pass…I was helping a client coordinate care for a family member coming home from the nursing home with a G-Tube (Gastrostomy Tube) needed for him to receive food, medicine and nutrition. The family had a 24-hour caregiver that has cared for their family members for several years. I had coordinated with an agency to have a nurse there to do the feedings every 6 hours, however, there was an issue with staffing and no nurse had arrived by the time the first feeding was required. I called the representative for the g-tube formula and asked some basic questions and then I searched YouTube to watch a video on how to do the feeding.
It was so helpful for me to watch the video and made me more confident when the caregiver and I embarked on the task of feeding. Though it was very helpful for me to watch the video, I was cognizant of where the information was coming from. I made sure that the video was from a reputable source and made me aware of each step, in detail.
Points to ponder when searching the internet for caregiver support:
- Seek out reputable source and not a sales pitch
- If it doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t – check several (dependable) sources to substantiate the information.
- When putting in search parameters, keep to the point. Adding a lot of extra words/phrases can result in hours spent sorting through pages of irrelevant data.
- Survey results from organizations that focus on medical research, such as universities and hospital networks.
There is a lot of great information on the World Wide Web that can help support you through your caregiving journey. Make sure to validate and corroborate your results.
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