Dad Doesn’t Have to Work Through Recovery AloneMarch 24, 2017
Your father might be in his 70s and has been in the hospital for a few days. The first time you received the call it may have been a shock. You worried about his well-being and had to wait for hours before the doctor was able to come out and address you and the rest of your family. He suffered a major medical emergency, but he’s stable. He will face a lengthy recovery process, but even though he may be living alone, and even though you and other members of his family are not in the area to help them for long, he won’t have to go through this recovery process by himself.
He can rely on home care support.
There are many options available to your father with regard to home care. He can benefit from a home care aide. This is a person who may be able to support him physically in performing a lot of tasks of everyday life. This can include getting out of bed, bathing, toileting, getting dressed, keeping the house clean, and more.
Experienced home care aides can also assist with preparing meals, encouraging their clients to exercise, if recommended, providing transportation to a doctor’s appointment or to the store, and much more.
Your father wouldn’t have to necessarily rely on home care support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but however often he would need it throughout the week.
Experienced care can offer encouragement.
Your father may become discouraged at various times through his recovery. It’s not going to be easy for him to exercise, change his diet, if recommended, and do the other things necessary for him to get back to life as he knew it before.
The more experience a caregiver has, the more likely he or she is going to be able to encourage your father to push through those difficult moments, to stay focused on what he needs to do to recover and avoid returning to the hospital.
It can often be better than family.
Some people have a difficult time accepting advice or even directions from an adult child. Your father may have that same issue if you were the one to step up and provide care and support for him, even if that was only going to be for a couple of weeks.
Instead, if there was a professional and experienced caregiver supporting him, he may be more inclined to listen to what they say, even though the advice might very well be the same.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Suffolk, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899. Call today!
Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.