When an elderly loved one is admitted to the hospital either for surgery or because of a serious illness, it can be a scary experience. But it can also be frightening for family members when that person is discharged – especially if they have lost some of their independence. There are often questions as to whether or not the person will be able to remain in their home – and what additional responsibilities will have to be placed on the shoulders of loved ones. In-home care franchises such as Senior Helpers can often provide valuable assistance to families who find themselves in this situation.
Here are a few tips to help you through this difficult transition.
As long as your loved one is still in the hospital, you can have peace of mind knowing that medical staff are on duty round-the-clock. This provides you the best time and opportunity to make necessary decisions. Your loved one will likely have a case worker with whom you can discuss your options.
Find out as much as you can from the doctor and case worker about what will likely be necessary to ensure the best quality of life for your loved one. Will they require inpatient nursing care or will they retain enough independence that they can remain at home and receive a combination of outpatient care and in-home services from a company such as Senior Helpers.
Finally, you should obtain as much information as you can about any special care requirements your loved one will have. Will they require special assistive devices such as a wheelchair or walker? What about diet requirements? You should also find out about any support groups that may be able to assist both your loved one and the family.
If your loved one is able to return home after a lengthy stay in the hospital, an in-home care franchise such as Senior Helpers can provide the support both your loved one and you need.
• Companionship – sometimes, all that is needed is for someone to stay with them and make sure they are ok, while you are at work or not able to be with them. This provides assurance that they are not alone and there is someone who can take action should they suffer another setback.
• Housework – Having someone to perform simple tasks around the home for your loved one such as cooking, light cleaning, etc. can be a huge help while your loved one is recovering from an illness or surgery.
• Personal care – Performing personal care duties such as dressing and bathing can be difficult on family members who are still used to thinking of their loved one as a strong and independent person. It can also be difficult on the elderly person who doesn’t like the thought of having to be bathed by their children or partner. Having a caring professional from Senior Helpers take on these duties can alleviate these issues.
Contact Senior Helpers today to learn more about how we can help families whose loved ones are being discharged from the hospital.