In this day and age of quick cures, super-fast weight loss programs, and other fads, it’s easy to believe that recovery for an elderly person could be shortened with some tricks or ‘secrets.’ However, reality is much different.
There are no shortcuts to recovery.
When an aging person has been hospitalized, they might be facing several days, weeks, months, or even years of recovery. They may have to go through some follow-up procedures, surgeries, and physical therapy. They most certainly will likely have to do some exercises along the way.
The main goal should be to get stronger and healthier.
While few seniors or their families are going to be thinking about hospital readmission rates and how to reduce them, they will be focusing on recovery. When a person is on the right track for recovery, it means their health is getting better, their strength is improving, and hopefully, without any unexpected complications, they won’t need to make a return trip to the hospital before too long.
There are many components to recovery.
It requires diligence, persistence, patience, possibly a change in diet, and maybe even some exercise. While family and friends can be a great support system to somebody in their 70s, 80s, or 90s after hospitalization, nothing is better than experienced home care support services.
Why would home care be such a great option?
Agencies often have a significant amount of experience supporting elderly clients and others through potentially lengthy recoveries. They have caregivers, commonly referred to as home care aides, who can assist with a wide range of basic tasks around the house and throughout the day. They can potentially assist somebody with getting out of bed, keeping them safe as they get dressed, and even with personal hygiene tasks like taking a shower or going to the bathroom.
They can also assist their clients with basic tasks around the house, including doing the laundry, preparing meals, or light housekeeping. While these aides are not maids or butlers, they can certainly assist with these activities, which can not only help to encourage aging men and women, but also keep them focused on taking care of themselves.
The longer recovery takes, the more difficult it might seem.
Having somebody who has gone through this before with other clients offers an incredible asset that family and friends who have never done this before simply can’t provide. There is no shortcut for recovery following a hospitalization and so long as people understand and accept that, that’s a great first step already in this recovery process.