If you're an in-home caregiver for a senior, it's important to know how to handle the return home after they've been hospitalized. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 seniors is readmitted within 30 days—and in 75% of cases, that readmission is preventable. Discover key ways that working with an in-home caregiver can help reduce the odds of readmission.
1. An in-home caregiver provides more regular monitoring of potential symptoms. Working with an experienced caregiver means you know that your caregiver has the experience necessary to note any danger signs and act quickly.
2. Your in-home caregiver will help manage medications. Remembering to take new medications on time may be a challenge for some seniors, and juggling them means just one more thing on their plate. In-home caregivers, however, can help provide medication management for your loved one.
3. You'll have someone to prepare meals. A caregiver can also help with the grocery shopping, ensuring that your senior stays hydrated, and other key tasks that will keep them healthier during their recovery. As an added bonus, seniors get healthy meals that they'll enjoy!
4. An in-home caregiver will help keep up with therapy and exercises. Often, those exercises are the key to staying out of the hospital, but many seniors fail to keep up with them. An in-home caregiver will help stay on top of critical exercises and therapies.
5. Your caregiver will help coordinate care. From following up with the doctor to managing appointment schedules, an in-home caregiver can make it easier to keep up with care and scheduling following hospitalization.
Keeping up with everything your senior loved one needs after a hospitalization can be a challenge. At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!