It was a great relief when your mother was discharged from the hospital. This might have followed her hospitalization due to a stroke, heart attack, major surgery, or injuries she sustained in a slip and fall accident. Whatever caused her to be hospitalized in the first place, her doctor has probably recommended she have support at least for the first few days, weeks, or months when she is sent home.
One of the best ways to support your mother during this recovery process is to rely on a home care aide. Yes, you or some other family members may be more than willing to help her, but there are plenty of ways that a quality, experienced home care aide can actually be beneficial.
It can also help to reduce the prospect of a hospital readmission. You may not think about readmissions, but they are real and the risk of them increase when a person doesn’t have the right type of support at home. Now, here are three ways that an aide can be beneficial to your mother’s recovery.
When a person has prior experience doing any type of job, it can pay dividends for other people with whom he or she works in the future. When a home care aide has prior experience supporting elderly clients following a heart attack, stroke, injuries, major surgery, or any other medical emergency, they can offer advice, will be in a better position to notice particular warning signs that things are not going as hoped, and even provide encouragement.
- They are not family.
Far too often you may have noticed your mother is either cynical or unwilling to listen to your advice, especially if it’s about her doing certain things, avoiding certain foods, or even discouraging activity, at least at first.
Many people have a tendency to pay closer attention to what an outsider says with regard to their recovery than what a family member advises. That family member may be completely accurate in their assessment, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get the senior to listen.
When an experienced home care aide is supporting your mother during this recovery, she may become more motivated. That caregiver can talk about activities your mother wants to get back to, things she wants to try, or even places she would love to visit.
Having motivation from an outside source other than family can be powerful and that can lead to a stronger and healthier recovery.
Interim HealthCare is a nationwide company that is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us today to find a location near you. 800-944-8888