You’ve been doing everything you can to help support your mother through her recovery. Whether she’s in her 60s, 70s, 80s, or is even older than that, recovery can take several weeks or even months. Whatever the reason for her hospitalization, that recovery process can be lengthy.
It can also be difficult for people to stay positive.
If your mother is beginning to show signs of negativity, talking in terms like she won’t get back to some semblance of normalcy or basically has to give up many things she used to enjoy, you can find yourself in a much more difficult situation helping her stay focused on recovery.
One of the most important things your mother can do is understand what is expected of her. She may have certain preconceived notions about recovery from this particular medical emergency or major surgery. She may have had friends who went through something similar and they didn’t really benefit from physical therapy, exercise, changing their diet, and so many more things that she might be expected to change.
If she has low expectations, it’s going to be far easier for her to maintain a negative mindset about the recovery itself. That makes it much easier for her to withdraw and avoid doing certain activities that could actually be beneficial for her.
It’s important to rely on home care support when available.
A home care aide who has worked with other senior clients through the years, helping them with the recovery, is going to have a lot of strategies that could be beneficial. If your mother is relying on you or another family member or friend, it might be easier for her to tell you she doesn’t feel well, she’d rather stay home, or she’d prefer that you just let her rest.
Experienced aides, a physical therapist, and possibly an occupational therapist are most likely going to push your mother to get up and move, if that’s what her doctor has recommended. Even if your mother has difficulty with her mobility and requires assistance, an experienced aide will certainly be able to offer that level of support.
It’s a good idea to focus on future activities.
Just because your mother may feel pessimistic about her chances of recovery doesn’t mean she has to give up on certain activities. If you can get her thinking about things she always wanted to do, and think about them like she will actually be able to try them, it may turn her negativity into a positive mindset.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Media, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
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.
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