Spending any time in the hospital can be difficult for people of all ages. For the elderly, some may grow a bit accustomed to the idea of spending time in a hospital bed. They might have had surgery recently, could have dealt with a bout of pneumonia, or may have slipped and fallen and been injured. Whatever caused the hospitalization, it’s important to focus on recovery.
No one wants to return very soon.
Most people will admit they would rather not see the inside of a hospital for the rest of their life. While that may not be practical, if a person has to be readmitted due to a complication or some other foreseeable or preventable issue within 30 days of discharge, that counts as a readmission. While this might not affect the senior or other individual directly, it does affect hospitals.
Complicating recovery can begin with simple things.
Most people, when they are discharged and sent home, undervalue home care support. They just assume that since their spouse, adult children, or other friends and possibly even neighbors are willing to help, that this will be enough support.
What some people fail to realize is certain issues can be uncomfortable.
It might not be uncomfortable for the senior, but for the family or friends. For example, incontinence could be an issue that complicates recovery. If a senior is now dealing with incontinence, he might be embarrassed because of accidents that occurred in the middle of the night. They might not want their adult child, spouse, or friend, coming to help them clean up.
They certainly don’t want a friend to see them in this type of situation. So, what they might do is try and dissuade anyone from giving them help in the morning or, if they have an accident during the day, they may try to hide it as long as possible, and that can prevent them from getting valuable exercise, rest, or the right nutrition.
A home care aide is a professional.
Instead of relying on family or friends to help clean up after these common issues, an elderly person could rely on an experienced home care aide. It is physically not much different than a family member helping to clean up after one of these accidents, but emotionally it could be significant for that senior and maybe his or her family.
If incontinence is causing difficulties for an elderly person in your life, don’t joke about it but rather consider professional support through a home care aide to maximize their recovery chances.