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Caregivers an Asset to Seniors Following Hospitalization

By Debbie Humphrey

Home Helpers ClearwaterThere are thousands of reasons why seniors are hospitalized each year. Sometimes, their stays are short. Other times, they are more long-term, if the condition that landed them there requires an extended stay with rehabilitation, for example.

Regardless of the diagnosis, patients always receive doctor’s orders when they are discharged from the hospital. Unfortunately, seniors are known for having a more difficult time following their doctor’s recommendations when they are alone, which can significantly impact their recovery. This is when caregivers prove to be real assets to seniors following hospitalization. Family members will often volunteer to help, and that is fine. However, I have found that family will sometimes overlook certain recommendations to keep their loved one comfortable. This can hinder the speedy recovery for which we all hope, and can actually hurt the patient in the long run.

My home care agency, Home Helpers®, employs knowledgeable, compassionate caregivers who understand the importance of following ALL of the doctor’s recommendations, not just those that prevent discomfort. For example, when Aunt Anna takes a fall and injures her back or extremities, her prognosis is determined by her determination to move, even when it is painful.

That leads me to another important component of recovery: staying positive! Often times when an elderly adult is recovering, they may not notice the positive changes taking place. This can leave them feeling less motivated to do rehab to continue improving their mobility, or taking medications they need to quash a nasty infection. It is vital that family, friends and caregivers stay positive to encourage the senior patient to keep moving forward in their rehab and recovery, and keep taking the meds they need to get better. Being positive is contagious and can enhance the recovery process for everyone involved.

If you or a special senior someone you know has been or is being released from the hospital, and you are unable to spend time monitoring their recovery at home, please consider contacting me.

Home Helpers® proudly serves male and female seniors who have been hospitalized in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about how our compassionate caregivers can assist with exercises and rehab at home; provide transportation to/from doctor’s appointments, including evaluation and follow-up visits; prepare meals; provide companionship, encouragement; and many more services offered through Home Helpers®. We are Making Life Easier℠. 727-972-2539

Source: Approved Senior Network