As in home care providers for residents in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and other communities in the Bay Area, we understand the difficulties families often face when a loved one has been hospitalized for surgery, a health condition, or any reason. This is particularly a stressful time when the situation involves an elderly loved one who has fallen and broken a hip, or faces medical issues that will require a substantial recovery period. Planning ahead for your loved one’s discharge will make it much easier for the transition to home, and it’s important to remember that your loved one will need help upon returning to his/her home – perhaps for days, weeks, or even months.
Any stay in a hospital is stressful and concerning not only for the elderly, but for their families. How will your aging parent make it upon returning home? For most who are elderly, mobility is limited, especially following surgery or an extended stay at the hospital. Your loved one will need assistance with meal preparation, medication, bathing, toileting, getting dressed, preparing for and getting into bed at night – there are countless details to consider. Knowing all of this will be taken care of before your loved one is discharged from the hospital will make the transition much easier and less stressful for all concerned.
One thing that is very important is that your aging loved one’s primary care physician is kept “in the loop” about his/her condition. In most cases, those discharged from the hospital will need to see their primary care doctor within a week or so of transitioning home. Primary care physicians have intimate knowledge about their patients’ health, medical conditions, medications, etc. that hospital doctors may not be aware of, so keeping the doctor informed is essential to a smooth recovery.
How can our hospital to home transitional caregivers help? Essentially, our highly qualified non-medical caregivers can help with all of the tasks mentioned above, in addition to fostering emotional well-being, performing light housework, shopping for food and preparing meals, assisting with exercises to help your loved one regain strength and mobility, provide mental stimulation and companionship, and much more. When you can’t be there, you can rest assured your loved one is in good hands, and being cared for by professionals who are caring and compassionate.