Dec 22, 2017 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
Why Hiring an In Home Care Agency After a Hospital Admission is Key
Having a loved one come back from the hospital can be a happy sight for everyone. Although the care and commitment required for senior care after a hospital discharge is a stressful time for both seniors and their families. Regardless of the recovery period, caregivers will have to devote a good part of their time in meeting with the health requirements and planning out their day-to-day needs. This can prove to be mentally and physically exhausting to many who will have to juggle this with their own hectic work schedule.
There are various options that a family can choose from for a senior’s recovery after being discharged from the hospital. Even hospitals recommend that the patient is taken to a rehabilitation center or a skilled nursing facility. The early stages of recovery being the most crucial would definitely require qualified assistance.
According to various studies, most elders would prefer to recover at home rather than at any medical institution. Change is difficult for anyone, especially if it means taking away your ability to function independently. There is a chance that the senior will return home feeling confused and helpless about their newfound situation.
Hiring an In-home-care agency would be the best decision to take at this stage. Bringing awareness to a person's life who was just recently discharged from the hospital is vital. Home care is regarded as the most satisfying form of health-care available to the American public due to the following reasons.
Within the comfort of your home: Homecare is a service that is delivered to you at home. The road to recovery can seem difficult when you are in unfamiliar surroundings, with your routine completely changed and the number of visitors is limited. Often, seniors unwillingly move into rehabilitation centers or nursing home facilities when they could have availed the best of services right at home.
Keeping families together: It is a known fact that the desire to keep in touch with family and loved ones at any given time is dependant on the level of care the individual requires. Providing in-home care, with the help of licensed, compassionate home care aides will allow families to stay more connected and engaged.
Promoting self-worth: Many seniors placed in homes battle the risk of loneliness and depression. A feeling of unworthiness and dissatisfaction plagues most of them. When care is brought to their homes, they can still feel secure about their place in the family. It will provide them with a greater sense of self-worth and independence.
Retaining control: Seniors are still given control over their lives unlike in institutions where they would have to let someone else control every aspect of their lives. Losing the reign of control can result in a defeatist attitude. When in-home care is provided, they are given more say in their routine activities. Caregivers set their schedule in accordance with the senior’s wishes. This way seniors retain more autonomy. Unless dealing with a senior with a memory loss problem, caregivers can provide and discuss various options with the patient, and the primary authority over the care-routine will be given to the seniors.
One on one attention: Home-care provides focused, one-on-one attention that most establishments cannot provide. An individual caregiver can personalize the caregiving schedule according to the senior’s preferences. He/she will also notice all the little things that may be noteworthy and have consequences in the future, such as behavioral or mental lapses. Personalized home care can also improve the quality of life. It reduces incidences of readmission in the hospital.
Always prepared: As a result of personalized care, it is easy to always plan for the future. Any changes in the care plan can be notified and discussed with the family members and the level of care can be updated accordingly. It is instantaneous and less traumatic for the senior rather than being asked to make life-altering changes at a moment’s notice.
With a home care team in place, your loved one is surrounded by professionals who can always provide educated and experienced advice and recommendations.
There is growing demand for health care services that are available to the everyone in their own homes. This is due to the advancement of technology as well as the cost-effectiveness that in-home care provides. Modern technology has developed to the point where quite a few services that are available in the hospital can be provided at home.
If you’re looking for an in-home care specialist for your loved one who has just been discharged from the hospital, call Comfort Keepers at 609-890-2888 to learn more about our many care services. We Look forward to hearing from you!