Every person in the world is different. While we may share common attributes with one another, rarely do we ever find somebody who has the same interests, the same outlook, the same beliefs, the same hope, the same fears, and so on as ourselves. When somebody is in the hospital, they may be facing a lengthy recovery process and some may be immediately inspired to work as hard as possible, including through the rigorous and sometimes painful process of physical therapy, while another person withdraws.
Some seniors have a difficult time asking for help.
There could be a number of reasons for this. One individual may have no problem asking their adult daughter who lives in the same town for help every single day while another senior may have their entire family surrounding them, living in the same area, but they keep telling them they’re fine, they don’t need help, they’re doing okay.
If a person is too proud or reluctant to ask for assistance, it can slow recovery.
This could lead to an increased risk of a hospital readmission. When somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, that means there could have been a complication, but it also means their health has diminished, been compromised, or their long-term prospects could be changed.
Help doesn’t have to come just from family.
Yes, family and friends are a great resource for most people, and while it may be difficult to ask an adult child or even a sibling for help, especially with those intimate details like taking a shower, going to the bathroom, or even getting dressed, there are other options.
Home care is key.
Hiring a home care aide or even a series of caregivers to assist an aging or disabled client transition back home after a hospital stay can improve the chances of recovery tremendously. Many of these experienced caregivers provide incredible physical support that also improves safety dramatically.
They also have worked with many other elderly clients through the years and understand what helps to motivate them, what gives them confidence, and what inspires them to push through the tough exercises, to change their diet, and work with physical therapists.
It’s okay to be fiercely independent, strong-willed, or even frightened. In all of those situations experienced home care aides have seen it all with a vast array of different clients. It may be difficult to ask or even accept help, but when people realize it improves health, chances of recovery, and safety, they begin to see how beneficial it can be.