We can gain a great deal of information by simply going online and entering a question into a search engine. Something like Google can produce a number of results. When a senior has been hospitalized, whether it was due to pneumonia, a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, major surgery, or anything else, the Internet can be a great bastion for information, and while it may be tempting for family to rely on those resources to understand how best to support this senior when he or she returns home, nothing is better than experienced care.
Why home care is best.
Even though a person can go on to a major medical site and gain a lot of information about any particular illness or injury, and even though there are dozens upon dozens and maybe even hundreds of websites out there talking about the best activities, exercises, diet, nutrition, and other steps that can be taken to recover, nothing is better than the experience of a professional to actually be there with that senior during recovery.
Relying on an experienced home care aide is the best option, hands down, because that individual will have worked with other senior clients through the years who have gone through a very similar situation. Everyone is different, and even though certain prescription medications, exercises, or dietary restrictions may be similar from one person to the next, each individual will have different motivations, different frustrations, different fears and anxieties, and basically a different approach to help them best.
Family often has one focus, primarily.
This focus tends to be safety. They want their aging parent or other loved one to be safe at home. That means they will often discourage them from exercising and doing other things throughout the day that may actually be beneficial in the long run.
For example, when a person has a heart attack, their family and friends may discourage exercise out of a fear that strenuous activity can increase the risk of another heart attack occurring, but many doctors will recommend controlled exercise as a way to help elevate the heart rate, thus getting the heart muscles stronger.
An experienced home care aide would also understand the value in exercise and focusing on a better diet, but they will also make sure their client double checks with his or her primary care physician to make sure a particular exercise routine or regimen is safe for them to do. Ultimately, people can learn a lot by going online, but they simply can’t replace experience when it comes to recovery at home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Montauk, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.
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