Transitions are hard for everyone.
When you’re elderly, it can be even more challenging. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that when your loved one goes home from the hospital after an extended stay, the transition is as easy as possible.
A smooth transition home from the hospital is critical to an older adult’s recovery process. It’s essential to ensure your loved one has all the tools they need to succeed.
Here are some tips for ensuring a smooth transition home from the hospital:
The first step is ensuring you have all the supplies and information you need to care for your loved one at home. If they were in a nursing home or assisted living facility before their hospitalization, contact them to see what kind of equipment and supplies they’ll need during this time. You might also want to get any community resources that might help with transportation or other needs while they’re home recovering from surgery or other medical conditions.
If your loved one has dementia or other cognitive issues, coordinate with their doctor or case worker to ensure that any changes in medication or different medical needs are considered before going home.
If your loved one has difficulty communicating verbally, consider getting an alphabet chart so that you can spell out instructions for them and make sure they understand what’s going on around them when they’re confused about how things work in their new environment.
If they have mobility issues or other health concerns, it might be helpful if someone helps them move around their house slowly while getting used to being there again.
Identify any potential problems with their home before bringing them back by checking for mold or water leaks, loose rugs or carpeting that could cause falls, etc., then make any necessary repairs before returning them home, so they have an easier time adapting once there again.
If possible, hire an outside caregiver who can visit your loved one regularly and help as needed. This is especially important if your loved one cannot perform daily tasks like bathing or cooking food due to physical limitations such as arthritis or dementia.
At Affinity, we specialize in 24-hour senior care. Our fully screened and certified caregivers can assist with daily tasks such as mobility, medication reminders, eating (including meal prep), exercising, and personal care (grooming and bathing). If you are looking for additional support to meet the changing needs of your family member, please reach out to us at: www.affinityseniorcare.com or call Affinity at 248-363-8430.
Patients are often discharged from the hospital and returned home without much thought given to their care. This is unfortunate because poor planning and lack of follow-up can result in a poor quality of life for elderly patients.
When caring for an elderly loved one who’s been discharged from the hospital, you must listen carefully to what your loved one says. This will let you know how best to address concerns or frustrations in a way that minimizes conflict between you and them. Treating them with compassion will help ease any tension during this transition period, allowing everyone involved more peace of mind.