When a senior is discharged from the hospital and returns to his or her home, it can be comforting to be back in familiar surroundings. However, it can also be extremely challenging if plans have not be made to ensure there is a smooth transition. Patients who have inadequate care waiting for them at home often return to the hospital more frequently. They may not be sick enough to be in rehabilitation, but they are also not well enough to be on their own. In many cases, someone needs to be there to check on them, to assist in any way and to be with them at this time of potential anxiety. Health professionals often believe there is plenty of support at home, but this is often not the case.
That is why transitional home care, such as comprehensive live-in care, is such a vital component of a patient’s adequate recovery and quality of life. A caregiver can follow your instructions in providing your loved one with day-to-day assistance and support.
It is important to recognize the benefits of making sure excellent transitional home care is in place, even before discharge:
Medications are administered correctly.
If a senior misses a scheduled dose or treatment, it can be very serious. Having someone there to help with medication reminders for multiple medicines, and at the prescribed time, is invaluable.
No disruption of quality of life.
After hospitalization or rehab, home care returns patients to a more normal and less stressful routine. Such tasks as laundry, grocery shopping, taking patients to doctors’ appointments, light housekeeping and grooming are taken care of, if needed. Someone is always there to provide a safe home environment and assist with mobility issues such as walking or transferring from bed to wheelchair…always looking out for your loved one’s safety.
Your loved one’s emotional state can be very fragile after hospitalization. Once home, having a caregiver there to talk to and provide understanding companionship is very reassuring. There is solid support, whether it is going for walks or other outings, playing games or encouraging your loved one to resume a hobby.
Proper nutrition assured.
If a patient is on a restricted diet, the caregiver can make certain that they eat the right foods. Your caregiver can prepare simple healthy meals if needed.
Advance planning ensures that your senior will transition as seamlessly as possible from hospital to home, with vital needs comprehensively addressed. Choose a highly experienced provider that performs extensive screening and offers availability to meet your needs: flexible schedules and live-in or part-time options.
Home Care Assistance of Fort Worth is the recognized leader in continuous hospital-to-home care, with cost-efficient live-in and part-time solutions that help your senior maintain more independence and dignity. A dedicated Care Manager will keep in touch with you and other family members and physicians as needed. It is peace of mind you can count on for your senior.