If you take care of an elderly relative, there are many things you want to learn that will help you to take care of them better. The more you understand about dealing with issues that may arise, the better position you will be in to deal with those issues quickly and in the right manner. Here are some of the things you want to know when caring for an elderly loved one: 

You may need to help them eat – One of the very important things for you to know when you are helping care for a loved one is there may be many times you need to help them eat. Not only may they not be able to prepare their own meals, but they can often need help with the actual task of eating. For example, you may think the reason your loved one isn't eating the bananas you give them is because they don't like them. They may be too proud or even unable to convey this to you, but there is a chance they aren't eating them because they simply can't peel bananas anymore. They may also need help with cutting their food and opening things like pudding containers or small milk containers.

They may need help with all personal hygiene – There are many more hygiene things your loved one may need help with besides showering. You want to make sure you check on the condition of their fingernails and toenails. They may need help with keeping them trimmed and clean. Also, by checking on the shape of their toenails, you will be in a better position to know if there is something going on with the nails or their feet that need tending to by a doctor, especially if they are diabetic, which puts them at a much greater risk of serious foot problems. You may also need to help them with their teeth or dentures. Make sure you help them clean their glasses when they are dirty as well. Men will need help shaving also.

Take care of their wounds and prevent more – If your loved one can't move around for themselves, it's important to move them in the bed every couple hours to prevent bed sores. If they get cut, you want to clean their wound and cover it with gauze. Make sure you change the gauze a couple times a day, and when you do, look for signs of infection, which include puss and inflammation coming from the area. If you see any of these things, your loved one should be seen by a doctor right away. If your loved one requires long-term professional attention, consider contacting a wound care service.