Transitioning Home: What You Need to Know
When your loved one has been in the hospital, having them come home is a relief for everyone. Not only does that typically mean that they’re feeling a little better, it also means that you don’t have to coordinate hospital visits and other necessary care. Your loved one’s move home, however, doesn’t mean that your responsibilities are over! Using a transitional care provider is one of the best ways to be sure that your loved one is getting the care they need following a hospital stay.
Make Sure Physical Therapy Recommendations are Observed
Physical therapy is often an important part of returning to normal following a hospital stay. Your loved one may have lost muscle tone due to too much time in bed, or they may need to build up their body again following an injury. Whatever the case, physical therapy is the best way to make sure that your loved one will make a full recovery. Left to their own devices, however, your loved one might start making excuses to skip out on those important exercises. They’re too tired; the exercises are too hard; or, in some cases, they simply forgot! By using a transitional care provider, you can be sure that your loved one is taking care of those important exercises on the days when they don’t actually have physical therapy, which will help them build strength and get back to normal faster.
Do a Better Job of Juggling Medications
After a hospital stay, your loved one may have a new set of medications to take. Dosing instructions may be unfamiliar at best and confusing at worst. Unfortunately, that may mean that your loved one will fail to take those medications properly, especially if they’re at a stage where their memory is starting to go. Fortunately, a transitional care provider can help manage medications, ensuring that your loved one will get the right doses to help them be more healthy.
Hospitals are busy, bustling places. Your loved one was surrounded by people. Even if they didn’t have a roommate, there were nurses in and out of the room on a regular basis–and chances are, your entire family took turns making sure that there was someone there at the hospital to talk with doctors and visit with your loved one. A return home may mean a return to normal schedules and lives, but it may also leave your loved one feeling a bit lonely. Having a transitional caregiver can help ease that sense of loneliness and remind them that the family is still watching over them.
Offer Help With Daily Tasks
What tasks are going to be a struggle for your senior loved one after a long hospital stay? From personal care tasks like shaving and bathing to preparing meals or cleaning up the home, many tasks that your loved one once took for granted may be more difficult than usual for a while. By using a transitional care provider, you can offer assistance with those daily tasks, ensuring that your loved one is well cared for as they regain strength and health.
Even if your loved one has a healthy spouse at home, offering help with key tasks–from medication management and physical therapy to home care–is a great way to make the transition from the hospital to home. The early days following hospitalization can be overwhelming and confusing, especially if your loved one is still weak or has new health challenges to deal with. If you’re ready to learn more about transitional care and how it can help your loved one following a hospital stay, contact Comfort Keepers today at 877-698-9394 to learn more about our services offered.