Your mother has been hospitalized recently due to a medical crisis. It could have been a stroke, heart attack, or some other situation and while you and the rest of your family had been waiting impatiently to find out the prognosis, you realize now that she will be discharged within a matter of days.
No matter what crisis landed her in the hospital, you do have hope. Her doctor has said he expects her to make a good recovery. He didn’t say full recovery, but a good recovery. In order to hold on to that hope and help your mother cling to it as well, it’s important to make sure she has the right support on hand.
What constitutes the right support?
Relying on experienced and qualified home care aides, a visiting nurse if necessary, physical therapist, and more could all be part of an adequate support system. She may also rely on you or other family members and friends to help her with certain things throughout the day, weeks, and months ahead.
It’s essential that she follows her doctor’s instructions.
If your mother is not too keen on the idea of changing her diet, getting exercise, or even giving up certain things she used to take for granted, it’s important that she realizes the value in doing those things. It may not have to be that way forever, but in these next few weeks and months, by following her doctor’s instructions, it will maximize her chances of making a healthy recovery, avoiding a return trip to the hospital, and possibly getting back to the things she is anxious to enjoy once more.
It’s a good idea to keep a positive environment.
The best way to help people stay hopeful, whether it’s about a job, health, or something else, is to be positive. Pessimistic attitudes are not conducive to hopeful environments. While you may have certain concerns about your mother’s future, her health, her safety, or other issues, try not to convey those to her directly, or at the very least don’t keep bringing them up.
If there are serious concerns that need to be addressed, you may want to encourage her to consult her doctor, but otherwise try to remain positive.
Get her thinking about activity.
Seniors, like younger, healthier adults want to stay as active as possible. When you help your mother begin thinking about activities she would like to return to or even try new, it can be a powerful motivator to keep her hopeful and encourage her to push through this potentially difficult recovery.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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