In-Home Care Can Help You Adjust to Home After a Hospital Stay

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In-Home Care Can Help You Adjust to Home After a Hospital Stay


For many people, sometime after retirement you will have a reason to spend a few days to a few weeks in the hospital. Whether it’s because of a broken hip, a serious illness, or a necessary surgery, living in a hospital is very different from living at home. Especially when it comes to doing things for yourself.


In a hospital, they would prefer that nurses and attendants take care of most things like meals and cleaning so they can be sure it’s done up to hospital standards. This means that for seniors transitioning home after a duration in full-time medical care, it can take some time to adjust back to planning your own days and tending the home, particularly if you’re still recovering from whatever sent you to the hospital in the first place.


Rebuilding Your Routine

The most important part of transitioning home after some time in hospital care is to rebuild your daily routine, the things you need to remember and take care of on a daily and weekly basis. While most people assume that they will simply return to their previous home patterns, this often isn’t the case. You may have an illness or injury to nurse that is healed enough to go home but not yet fully recovered and these tasks will need to be added to your daily routine.


Your doctor may have recommended a few changes in lifestyle, and you may even have learned a few things about accessibility and your own personal preferences during your stay. These can also influence how your routine looks when you get home. The key aspects should include recovery care, nutrition, exercise, personal care, chores, other responsibilities, and recreation.


Adjusting to Home Life Carefully

Now that you’re home, be careful not to fall into old unhealthy or incautious patterns. If you’re recovering from a broken hip, step more carefully and keep the floors clear of obstacles. If you’ve just come out of a bad bout of pneumonia, don’t let yourself get dehydrated just because you don’t want to get up and refill your cup. One of the best ways to take charge of your transition home is to realize the kind of solutions you can come up with to make both life and everyday tasks easier. A reacher or grabber, for instance, can help you keep the floors clear and a pitcher or electric kettle near your chair might make it easier to stay hydrated without getting up every half hour for another drink. You can even use smart home devices to make your appliances respond to voice commands.


Do You Want Transition Care?

In-home care services are something that most seniors consider. Even if you feel that you’re still too young and able to need a full-time caregiver, many people can use a little extra help around the house after transitioning home from the hospital no matter what age. If you’ve found that recovery has made your home life much more challenging than it needs to be, you can absolutely hire an in-home caregiver for temporary assistance around the house. They can help you tend your injury or illness, take care of cooking, and even help you rearrange the furniture for greater accessibility while you are still in recovery.


If you do not want a caregiver to live with you, but you still need help with chores and activities, you can hire an interactive caregiver instead! They will only come over to keep you company and help you with whatever it is you need assistance with.


Everyone handles their hospital to home transition differently and it’s important to be ready to adjust back to home life. Remember that you haven’t cooked, cleaned, or even planned your days in a while and you may even want to completely redesign your daily routine based on new circumstances. An in-home caregiver can help you make a successful transition and the choice is always yours to make. For more information about transitioning home or to find an in-home caregiver who specializes in hospital to home transitions, please contact us today at (877) 698-9394.