One of the most challenging things for most families is helping their aging loved ones transition back home from their hospital or rehab visit because a lot of older adults often end up being readmitted after 30 days. It’s important to set up a plan immediately after being admitted to the hospital to help your loved one transition to home so that re-admissions can be avoided. Here are five things families should know about transitioning their aging loved ones.
1. Coordinating Care Involves Numerous Appointments, Emails, and Phone Calls. Aging Life Care Professionals are a huge help in coordinating every detail of medical care, food, transportation, and medication. For someone who is processing their loved one’s current health, these tasks can sometimes be too much on them.
2. Help With More Than Just Everyday Activities. Assisting your aging loved ones with bathing, dressing, and eating are just a few things you need to do every day to make sure they receive the care they need. A truly exceptional caregiver will take time to go above and beyond and learn about their hobbies, enjoy conversation, and engage them in fun activities like puzzles and exercise.
3. Sometimes Your Aging Loved Ones Can’t Go Straight Home. Often, elderly family members have to go to rehabilitation centers or nursing homes after being hospitalized before they can safely return home. Spending a lot of time away from home can be overwhelming, especially if your loved one is isolated from friends and family. Make sure you have someone reliable and friendly to keep them engaged and working on their goals.
4. Give Yourself Time To Adjust. Don’t rush yourself if your family member has suffered a physical or cognitive loss. Give yourself time and grace to deal with it. Make sure to give your loved ones time to do the same. While this is one of the hardest parts of the process, care managers can give you and your family the peace of mind you deserve.
Do you have a plan in place for your aging loved ones? Contact Preferred Living Solutions today at 919-554-0675 for a care manager you can trust.