Your mother has been there for you throughout many struggles in your young life. Maybe you’re in your 30s, 40s, or 50s right now and have established yourself quite well. Whether you continue to struggle or are doing well enough, one thing many family members want is for their aging parents to be safe and healthy. If your mother has recently been hospitalized, you may instinctively want to support her through this recovery.
How much do you know about her health?
Maybe you have a close relationship with your mother. Maybe you have shared many intimate discussions and details with one another through the years. That can certainly be a wonderful thing and can forge stronger relationships, but there may be aspects of her health she hasn’t disclosed to you and simply doesn’t want you to know about.
Let’s say she’s been completely honest.
For arguments sake, let’s assume you know pretty much every detail about her general health. That’s fine, but what about this latest issue? What about this issue that has landed her in the hospital? Perhaps it was a heart attack. Maybe it was a stroke. It might even have been surgery that had been planned for months.
If you have no prior experience supporting somebody through recovery from this situation, you are no different than anyone else out there who provides support without prior experience. You will go through a learning curve.
The question is, do you want your mother to face the consequences of that curve?
In other words, you may know a great deal about your mother, her health, her desires, her ambitions, and much more, but if you don’t have any direct experience supporting somebody through a recovery like this, there will likely be missed opportunities to help her as best as you can.
What’s the best thing to do?
A lot of people would ask, “What’s the right thing to do,” but that’s a bit disingenuous. Looking after a loved one is certainly a good thing to do. It can certainly be the right thing to do. However, the best thing is to supplement the care and support you may offer her by discussing the prospect of hiring a home care aide, visiting nurse, or other experienced caregivers who can give your mother the best chance to recover as well her doctor expects (possibly even better.)
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Melbourne, FL, please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620.
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