If your elderly father is hospitalized right now, you hope for the best. Maybe you anticipated the worst when you were heading to the hospital. You didn’t have a lot of information, but when you finally got there you were relieved to know that everything might be okay, but he’s going to go through a lengthy recovery process.
Mobility is going to be impacted.
Maybe it was a stroke. Perhaps it was a heart attack. Maybe he was injured in a slip and fall accident. Whatever caused him to be hospitalized in the first place might actually affect his mobility, at least for some length of time. His doctor may be recommending six weeks of physical therapy as he heals and recovers. If he does not stay invested in physical therapy, if he has a tough time getting around, it can affect the recovery itself.
What can you do to help?
Maybe your mother is going to be the primary caregiver, even though she’s not nearly as strong or in great physical health herself. Perhaps you or somebody else is planning to stop by every day or every other day.
Are these individuals going to be able to help him with mobility?
When people don’t have prior experience doing a certain type of thing, they might not know the best strategies that not only protect the person they’re helping, but also themselves. For example, if your father’s mobility has diminished, and he needs help getting out of bed, how is your mother going to do that? How would you do that?
Whether your father weighs more than you, is taller than you, or not, proper lifting techniques are important. It’s also essential to make sure your father doesn’t lean on his lack of mobility as an excuse for avoiding exercise. If his doctor has recommended physical therapy and regular exercise, he may need a significant level of physical support to do those types of activities.
Home care can make a world of difference.
Home care aides who have experience supporting other elderly clients through this type of recovery would be a great asset to consider. It may not seem practical when your father has so many family and friends offering to help, but unless any of them have direct experience doing this type of work, it’s usually best to defer to experience.
When a person has sudden mobility issues, they need to learn a new way to get around. Their family and friends, their support network, will also have to learn new strategies. This can all start by hiring the right home care support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Elizabeth, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
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