Gayle E. Stauffer RN


Active Listening

Active listening is a dynamic process that includes: Paying attention to what another person is saying. Thinking about what the person has just said. Responding in a way that lets the person know that you understood what he or she was trying to say. Hearing is different from listening. Hearing is a physical process. A…

How to Make a Drawsheet

A drawsheet can be used to turn a person in bed. To make a drawsheet: Fold a sheet in half lengthwise. Place the sheet on top of the fitted bottom sheet so that the top and bottom of the drawsheet go across the bed (perpendicular to the bed). Position the drawsheet so that it will be between your loved one’s head and…

Caregiving: Overview of Personal Care

Helping someone with personal care involves a lot of daily tasks. If it’s been a while since you did day-to-day caregiving—or you’ve never done it—you might not know all the things you need to do and how to do them. This information gives an overview of the daily or weekly care a person needs. Bathing Helping with a…

Sharing Memories With Older Adults

Sharing memories (sometimes called life review or reminiscence) helps older adults relive past events in their lives. By sharing memories, older adults can explore their thoughts and feelings about the past. They can put their past experiences in perspective with what is happening to them in the present or what is…

Taking off disposable gloves

Grasp the cuff Use the hand that you write with to grasp the cuff of the glove on the other hand. Pull the glove off Pull that glove off so that it is inside out. Be sure any soiled material stays inside that glove. Ball up the glove Ball up the removed glove in the palm of your gloved hand. Slide one or two bare…