Family Caregiver Tips in Hernando Beach FL
Having to spend any amount of time in the hospital can be frustrating for anyone, regardless of age. Seniors may be hospitalized for a number of reasons. It could be following a heart attack or stroke, some other medical emergency, major surgery, a slip and fall accident, pneumonia, or something else. Once they are discharged and sent home, safety should be a priority for the senior, even though it may not be.
September is National Recovery Month and making a slow recovery can impact safety for the elderly individual within the comfort of his or her home.
How recovery time can affect safety.
If elderly individuals have difficulty getting around, do not have the same strength or balance that they did before their hospitalization, they may not realize their limitations right away. Of course, the senior may be bedridden for a period of time in which they will need to rely on family members, friends, neighbors, and even professional caregivers to stop by and support them, helping them get out of bed, bathing them, preparing meals, taking them to doctor’s appointments, and more.
When they finally get to start moving around on their own, it will likely be slow going at first. Depending on how long they were relegated to a bed, they may have lost a considerable amount of strength in their arms and legs. If that happened, it’s going to impact their balance. If they have difficulty walking, even if they rely on a cane or walker, it may take time for them to get used to this new way to get around.
At times, there may be a tendency to try and push things a little too far too quickly. When that happens, it can increase the risk of falling and getting injured.
What should you do to help improve home safety for the senior in your life?
The best thing anyone can do is encourage an elderly individual to at least consider the prospect of hiring a professional in-home care provider. It may also be necessary to install grab bars around the shower or tub surround. Depending on the physical capabilities of the senior, it may be worthwhile discussing the prospect of installing a stair lift as well.
By focusing on safety, it helps to protect the senior when they are finally sent back home after a potentially lengthy stay in the hospital.
The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable home care services in Hernando Beach, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.
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