When you have an elderly loved one that has recently been in hospital inpatient care after surgery, their discharge from the hospital can simultaneously be a relief and a worrisome occasion. This is because your loved one is still healing and recovering from their surgery as well as the ailment that prompted their surgery in the first place and you may be worried about their safety and continued recovery at home. Get to know more about how you can keep your elderly loved one safe at home after their surgery discharge so that you can get started making preparations as soon as possible.
Check and Double Check That They Have the Right Medications
After leaving the hospital, one of the biggest issues for elderly people is coming home without all of their prescription medications, or even worse with the wrong medications or wrong prescriptions. In order to protect your loved one's best interest, be sure to inventory any prescription medications that come home with them to ensure that they are the correct drugs.
Look at any paper prescriptions that are to be filled at the pharmacy as well. If you have a smart phone or access to the internet on another device, look up the drug names to be sure that nothing was miswritten. Many medications have similar names and it is quite easy for a doctor to inadvertently write the wrong name down. And finally, when you pick up medications at the pharmacy, make sure they match up to the prescription.
Hire a Home Health Care Service for Additional Support
You may want to provide your loved one with all of the care that they need entirely on your own. However, this can often prove to be difficult as your elderly loved one will more than likely need frequent assistance to complete basic tasks of daily living as well as with their physical therapy exercises.
Even a simple task such as getting out of bed or sitting up from a laying down position can be difficult depending on the type of surgery your loved one had. Home health care services can provide you with nurses, certified nursing assistants, and general home care aides to help your loved one with whatever they may need. From changing wound dressings, to administering medications, and even just basic mobility care and companionship, home caregivers can assist.
You and your loved one can decide how much time home caregivers should spend assisting. Home health care services (like Staff Mates Homecare) can work with your schedule, from just a few hours a week up to 24/7 care.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can make sure your loved one is safe in their home after being discharged from the hospital, you can begin preparing.