Is your aging parent getting ready to be discharged from the hospital? If so, that could be an incredible relief. After all, when you heard the news you may have rushed to the hospital or did anything you could to be there for him or her.
While you may not be concerned about readmission rates, if that parent has to be readmitted (within 30 days or even 90 days), it’s usually a sign of a complication or a failure on their part to follow doctor’s instructions, get exercise, or be diligent in taking part in this recovery process.
A care plan goes a long way.
Having a plan is valuable for more than just work, getting children ready for college, or even planning for retirement. When somebody has been hospitalized they will likely be facing either a few days, weeks, or even months of recovery.
The closer they adhere to doctors’ instructions and take an active role in recovery, the greater the chances of returning to as close to 100 percent as they can. If somebody tries to ‘wing it’, that isn’t enough. In fact, heading home without a proper care plan for someone in their 70s or 80s could be a recipe for disaster.
Yes, family and friends can certainly stop by and run a number of errands, help with the housework, prepare meals, and so forth, but unless that aging senior is following doctors’ instructions properly, taking their prescription medications, exercising if recommended or required, attending physical therapy, and so forth, they will be running an increased risk of complications developing.
What should a care plan involve?
One of the most important things a care plan for an aging senior should include is support. Family might be more than willing to help, stop by, run errands, and so forth, but consistency is going to be incredibly important. Will those family members and friends be able to support this senior at the same time each day or as needed?
If not, hire home care support services. A home care aide, especially somebody with a great deal of experience, is often a far better alternative to waiting on family for when they can grab the time.
Also, the senior should be on board and understand completely what his or her doctor has suggested and instructed. If exercise is essential, they should know which exercises are safe and participate in them consistently.
Hiring a home care aide to work with this elderly person provides physical assistance to keep them safe as they go through recovery. And that’s a great plan.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Spokane, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love in Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 474-0663
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