Jun 28, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
Rehabilitation is a vulnerable time for seniors as hospitalization leads to inevitable disruptions to one's daily routine. Unfortunately, rehab doesn’t end in the hospital, but instead in a senior’s home with a help from a caregiver, at the home of their family member, a nursing home or an assisted living facility. If your loved one needs some kind of therapy, whether it is speech, physical or occupational one, you need to decide which setting will be the best for their recovery. Do you know where your parent will feel most comfortable and get all the care they need in other to regain their strength as quickly as possible?
In the last few years, seniors have found their home to be the best place for them to heal and complete their rehab. If both you and your parent think that their home is right for their rehabilitation needs, you should know the answers to the following questions before your parent comes home back from the hospital. Will they need a cane, wheelchair or some other kind of different assistive device? Is there enough room in their home for a hospital bed or other large equipment? Will you be able to take care of your loved one or will you need to hire a caregiver?
If you have decided that the home care is the best solution for your loved one, you need to choose a caregiver who is trained, skillful, dedicated, compassionate and matches your parent’s personality. You can count on the home care services to assist your loved one with health monitoring, wound care and physical therapy exercises. After a surgery, your parent will probably need to use some medications, so caregivers could make sure they take their meds as prescribed. Caregivers will also help your senior with everyday tasks such as bathing, grooming, light housekeeping, cooking as well as transportation to follow-up doctor’s appointments. Home care is an excellent way to alleviate stress, provide some much-needed assistance and companionship to your parent.
Depending on how much time you have to take care of your loved one and their needs and preferences, in home care services can be provided full-time, part-time, or round-the-clock. After your loved one is healthy and back on their feet, they can still use home care services. Caregivers can assist them with everyday tasks and thus help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.