Dealing with a loved one in the hospital is not an easy situation. Whether it’s a parent, spouse, sibling, child, or someone else, you have a lot of questions. Some of those questions may be answered before long, but one thing that can be extremely difficult for many is determining just what needs to be done when they are finally discharged from the hospital.
It’s important to have the right support.
Having the right support at home is essential for people of all ages when going through recovery. While most people aren’t thinking about hospital readmission or how to reduce the risk of a readmission, the federal government has been placing increased pressure on hospitals across the country.
That means hospitals and doctors are often providing more resources, information, and other benefits that are essential to the recovery process for people of all ages. When a senior is going through recovery, it might be recommended that they have home care options available.
The common question many of these family members may have is what is best?
Would it be a visiting nurse, home care aide, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or a combination of these professionals? That all depends on the specific reason that person was hospitalized, their overall health at the moment, and what is needed for good recovery chances.
What would a visiting nurse do to help?
A visiting nurse would be able to check vital statistics and relay the information to the individual’s doctor. They might be able to provide dressing for surgery areas, wounds, and more. They will also be able to administer medications, if needed.
A home care aide wouldn’t be able to administer medications.
Nor would they be able to check vital statistics or do other such activities, however, a home care aide can help with many physical activities, including getting out of bed, bathing, toileting, preparing meals, doing some light housekeeping with the client, and possibly even bring them to doctor’s appointments or to go shopping at the store.
A physical therapist can help a person regain strength.
If a person has lost strength due to this medical emergency, especially if they spent a while in the hospital, a physical therapist may be needed. An occupational therapist might be required for those who need to relearn how to do certain tasks, such as those who recently had a stroke.
Depending on the needs of the person, they might need one or more of these home care options to help them maximize their chances of recovery.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in New Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.