When to Consider In-Home Health Care
Most people don’t consider home care until it’s too late. When it’s too late, family members are left stressed and scrambling to find exceptional care for their loved ones. Often than not, there isn’t time for proper vetting because emotions are at an all-time high and time is of the essence. What most people don’t know is that home care can actually prevent these types of emergencies from occurring initially.
According to the National Council on Aging, “every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall”. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. The many risks of falling can be minimized if a trained caregiver were present to:
- Ensure all medications are taken in a timely manner
- Enforce a proper diet to prevent malnutrition and dehydration
- Keep all floors are clear of clutter
- Assist with tasks involving reaching, climbing, or walking on unstable grounds
Sometimes hospital visits are unavoidable and that’s okay. When it is the case, home care assists with easing the transition back home. Elderly adults are higher at risk for dehydration, poor nutrition, weakness, and falls during the first 24-48 hours at home.
The Benefits of In-Home Caregivers
Hiring a caregiver in the home to assist a loved one after they return from a hospital stay can help prevent complications, illness, and even readmission to the hospital. Alongside, caregivers can drive your loved on to the follow-up appointments, assist with medication, and help with light housekeeping so your loved one can rest as they recover. Caregivers provide an extra set of hands that help you rest easy knowing your family member is being well cared for!
Having proactive discussions about the possibility of home care (following a hospital stay or not) can assist with preventing crises and lessen the stress level when a crisis does occur.
Interested in learning more or have any questions? The caregivers at Caring Loving Sharing Caregivers are available to speak to you regarding any and all your care needs! Call us at 760-861-1211 or submit this form!