RESIDENTS in Sibu are opting for home nursing services for their elderly parents during the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the infection rate showing no sign of improving, most people seem to prefer not to send their parents to private nursing homes for caregiving.
This comes as 46 residents of two nursing homes here were infected with the virus on Feb 14. One of the residents has since died.
Christina Elbie, 31, an Iban, is one of those providing home nursing services.
She said the services were now sought after.
“We are providing palliative care of elderly folk in their own homes so they can feel safer during this pandemic, ” she said.
Christina started the business five years ago after working at a private medical centre.
She has five trained nurses, with four of them working as part-timers, caring for a number of patients every day.
As a caregiver, she and her staff nurses must stay in good health.
“We are taking care of elderly patients 24 hours a day, so we work in shifts, ” she said.
Christina added that home nursing was tiring as they also dealt those who were bedridden due to stroke.
“We clean, bathe, put on their diapers, dress and feed them.
“We also have to clean their room and bed. Some can be aggressive, so even helping them to wear diapers becomes a challenge.
“Some patients, though, like to chat and tell stories of their younger days, ” Christina said.
Some patients, she added, have children who were working elsewhere but they would regularly call up to check on the well-being of their parents.
Though the job can be physically draining, Christina finds it a highly rewarding one, especially when they see their patients happy.