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What You Should Know About Caregivers Assisting with Rehabilitation In Seniors

Jun 28, 2018 by Lauren Rosa

A caregiver can assist your senior loved one in recovering from a fall or major surgery

After a health emergency that resulted in hospitalization, many older adults need rehabilitation services like physical, occupational or speech therapy to make a full recovery. Rehab services can be provided virtually anywhere - in a hospital, nursing facility, assisted living community or at home.

It may not come as a surprise that most seniors wish to receive help at home following a hospital discharge. For the majority of seniors, receiving support from professional caregivers at home is the perfect solution. Before you make a final decision, it is important to ask yourself a couple of questions and determine if home recovery would benefit your loved one the most.

  • Will my loved one need to use assistive devices to move around their home?
  • Is there enough room in my loved one's home for a hospital bed and other large equipment they may need during recovery?
  • What kind of help will my loved one need? Will I be able to care for them or should I hire professional caregivers?

If you do opt for recovery at home, it is important to choose a reliable home care agency that can match your loved one with expert, devoted caregivers who have plenty of experience caring for seniors recovering from a serious injury or health problem. The most significant aspect of care is that your loved one feels comfortable and safe with their care providers, so make sure the agency matches your loved one with a compatible care expert.

As for the services your loved one can get, it all depends on their specific needs. After hospitalization, most seniors require assistance with personal care, mobility assistance, assistance with toileting, meal preparation, housekeeping, and medication reminders. Professional caregivers can also run errands for your loved one, shop for healthy groceries, and offer transportation to and from follow-up appointments.

After assessing your loved one's needs, care coordinators will develop a unique plan for them, which can include any combination of services, and establish a schedule of care that perfectly works for your family.

Home care can be provided on a part-time, full-time or round the clock basis, depending on your loved one's situation. With the support of experts, your loved one can recover in a short time-span and prevent any complications of hospital readmission. After getting better and regaining their independence, your parent can continue receiving professional senior care to maintain a high quality of life for years to come.

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