Your elderly father was hospitalized recently. Maybe it was due to a heart attack, stroke, or other medical emergency. Perhaps it was due to major surgery. Maybe he was injured in a slip and fall accident at home. Whatever the case may be, when he is ultimately discharged and sent home, he will be facing, most likely, a lengthy recovery process.
In order to help improve the chances that he recovers as well as he can, there are things you can do. Ultimately, the last thing you or he wants is to end up back in the hospital. If he has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge, that would technically be considered a readmission. It could be the result of a number of complications and other unforeseen circumstances that can lead to a readmission, but far too often it’s a result of inadequate support, not paying attention to the instructions their doctor provides for them, or even accidents that could have been avoided.
If your father is having difficulty hearing and hasn’t expressed these concerns, you need to pay attention. May is National Better Hearing Month and there are things you can do to not only ensure that your father is hearing his doctor properly, but that he’s also clear on what is expected of him if he wants to be able to recover as well as possible.
Focus on communication.
When his doctor sits down to talk to him before discharge, make sure your father is hearing everything clearly. You may want to ask your father to repeat what the doctor told him.
This is a good piece of advice even after he’s been discharged. If you are talking to your father about something important, just ask him to repeat what you said. If he can’t do it, you need to have an honest conversation about his hearing ability.
Encourage and support.
Talk about hiring a home care aide, physical therapist, or even a visiting nurse, if that’s going to be beneficial or recommended.
Talk about signs of hearing loss you’ve noticed.
If you are concerned about his ability to hear well enough to be safe at home, express your concerns to him. He may be worried about what’s happening and simply wants to delay talking to anybody about it.
If you can get him discussing his own concerns and focus him on the long-term recovery and his ability to get back to things that are important to him, he may be more open and honest about the challenges he’s facing, which could include potential hearing related problems.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Medford, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.
As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?
For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.
At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.
Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.
As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.
When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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