Recovery. It’s not a word most people really want to hear, especially about a loved one. When an elderly family member has been hospitalized, they may be looking at several weeks or even months of recovery.
Avoiding a return trip to the hospital may not be at the top of everyone’s list, but it should be. When recovery is going along as expected or planned, there is a lower risk of a hospital readmission. When that happens, it can encourage seniors to get back to life as they knew it before this medical emergency, major surgery, or injuries that were sustained in an accident.
Recovery may be old-fashioned.
It could require nothing more than rest and the right support at the right time. While family members are often a great advantage, nothing beats a home care aide at helping seniors recover from any number of medical emergencies.
The more experience a home care aide has, the greater the chances become for the senior to recover as expected.
There are also devices that can help, but it depends on the situation.
Not everyone will be able to take advantage of the variety of devices that technology has made available to seniors all across the country. For some, they may not have difficulty getting out of bed. In the case, they have no need for a lift that would assist them in doing just that.
Monitoring devices can be instrumental at providing safety.
If the senior has difficulty with their mobility or is not completely comfortable with their ability to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, monitoring devices can detect when somebody gets out of bed and goes somewhere. A monitoring station can determine if they don’t return to bed within a reasonable amount of time that emergency services may be needed.
Also, a senior may be able to wear a device in which they can depress a button in the event they are suffering from a major medical emergency or have fallen and are unable to call for help otherwise.
Exercise equipment can be great.
For some seniors going through recovery, they may be encouraged by their doctor to exercise. Some low impact exercise equipment can help them do just that. It can be a great way to elevate the heart rate and strengthen leg muscles.
Some reminder devices can be important.
If a person has difficulty remembering when to take prescription medications or to do certain activities, there are plenty of technological reminder devices that can help.
Still, nothing will help more than having the right home care support on hand during recovery.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Garden City, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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