The Importance of Post Hospital Home Care
Keep an Eye on Your Loved One
After a visit to the hospital, whether it is for surgery or because of an emergency, seniors need to recuperate in a relaxing environment. Comfort Keepers® provides home care for seniors after a hospital visit to help them transition from hospital to home care.
Often, seniors have to be readmitted to the hospital when they don’t receive the care they need after surgery. They go home and think, “I will be fine; I can take care of myself.” However, there can often be issues with post-surgery recovery without home care. Comfort Keepers® is working with hospitals to set up transitional care for seniors to prevent re-admittance.
Some post-hospital home care tasks are focused on:
- Assuring hydration throughout the day
- Making sure they receive proper nutrition
- Managing medication as directed by doctors and health care providers
Recognize When Help is Needed
Many times, adult children don’t recognize when seniors need post-hospital home care. They see their parents as strong individuals who can take care of themselves, but in reality, they tend to be more fragile and need more assistance than adult children have a tendency to realize. Accepting the fact that your loved one may need post-hospital home care will make their recovery smoother and more comfortable.
One senior raves about home care after being in the hospital: “There’s something really relaxing about knowing someone is there to take care of you. You can completely recuperate when someone is there and 100% concentrated on helping you get well.”
Yes! We all know about the recent tornado here in Oklahoma City; what if that happens again and you need to make sure your loved one is okay? There are a few precautions and plans that will help ensure the safety of seniors:
- Go to the local Red Cross to get information
- Have a plan with your loved one on a place to meet or a place to call from in case of an emergency
- Teach your loved on to use a cell phone so they can stay in contact with you at all times
For more information in case of an emergency, visit the Red Cross.