Senior Home Safety in Springfield PA
Your mother has been in a nursing home for a couple of weeks following a hospital stay. She may have fallen and been injured and as a result of her injuries required a lot of extra medical attention on a daily basis. She is being set for discharge from the nursing home, but you’re worried about her safety once she returns home.
You may be doing everything you can to get her house ready for her, but you’re still worried she could be injured because she’s simply not fully recovered. Now, what can you do?
You have to return to work.
There’s no way you can be her caregiver. You can’t be there for her when she wakes up in the morning, when she moves around in the afternoon, and maybe only once in a while will you have time to go over there in the evening.
It’s causing you difficulty sleeping at night.
You keep worrying about her, sitting up late at night thinking about every potential scenario where she slips and falls, is injured, re-injured, and is unable to call for help.
There are things you can do now to get her home ready for her return.
You can certainly improve the bathroom, installing grab bars, renovating the shower or tub so she can to step in, applying nonslip pads to the floor, including in the kitchen, and improving lighting.
You can also consider hiring a home care aide for her.
By having somebody there with her around the clock, you won’t have to worry about her safety. There will be an experienced caregiver (if you hire properly) to assist her with getting out of bed, getting dressed, getting into and out of the shower, and much more.
Just talk it over with her first.
You want to make sure she’s safe, and you may be enthusiastic about the idea of an experienced home care aide being with her throughout the day, but she has to offer her consent. It’s far too easy for us to be tempted to just go ahead and hire a caregiver for a loved one, but if they don’t approve of it, it can cause tension in your relationship. It can cause a number of other problems as well.
Your mother still has the right to her own independence and making decisions about her own quality of life and care, but the more you know about home care services, the easier it’s going to be for you to present this as a great option and, therefore, increase the likelihood she’ll agree to it as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Springfield, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-311
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.