Senior Health: If your elderly mother suffered a major medical emergency recently, you need to understand the recovery process might be extremely difficult.
It could take many, many months for her to regain even close to all her strength and ability if that is even possible. Senior care is a great asset that can support your mother, especially if neither you nor anyone else in the family is able to do it. Senior health will be a priority for you at this point.
In fact, even if you have the availability, but have never done this type of work before, turn to senior care.
What is the best type of senior care to rely on during recovery?
For the most part, that all depends on the medical emergency that landed the person in the hospital in the first place. However, overall, nothing beats home care for this level of assistance and support.
What can home care offer your mother during recovery?
One of the most important things is experience. Many family caregivers — in fact, most — have never done this type of work before. They don’t know what it’s going to take to help that loved one get through the recovery process.
It’s easy to assume you know what is needed, at least in the beginning, because you have this personal relationship, but as the weeks roll on, many family caregivers ultimately realize how difficult the job is. And, they find themselves in unfamiliar waters, uncertain about what to do.
A home care aide who has worked with other seniors during the recovery process — from just about any type of medical emergency — will have experience in most cases. Not all of them will, but when you hire through an agency, that is far more likely than not.
First and foremost, an experienced senior care provider understands safety.
That senior care provider also understands the various risks that may be associated with a particular ailment, illness, or health issue and its aftermath. For example, an experienced senior care aide will likely have worked with other aging men and women who had a heart attack or stroke, major surgery, or some other issue.
They understand the warning signs. They know what the senior will likely need, and are willing and able to help that aging person, your mother in this particular situation, follow her doctor’s orders as closely as possible.
Senior Health: Second, an experienced senior care provider will also understand the importance of quality of life.
It’s not just about safety and overcoming these medical ailments that are important. It’s also about maintaining the quality of life.
This is something that far too often gets overlooked by family members who are most concerned about the safety and welfare of that loved one. When you acknowledge the importance of quality of life, you begin to realize there are many opportunities for the aging senior to recover, get exercise, get strengthened, all while doing things he or she still enjoys, and senior care offers the physical support to help them do that safely.
When you don’t know what your mother can or should do during recovery, or you don’t have time to be there for her as often as she needs, look to senior care for help to ensure good senior health.