The Road to Recovery

Falls and injuries related to a fall have a way of complicating life very quickly. For the family of an aging loved one coming home from the hospital is the just beginning of a road to recovery. We are accustomed to moving around our house and caring for ourselves freely. When we are without the use of an arm or a leg the daily tasks of living become difficult. We take for granted every day that we can open a milk carton or a pill bottle or take a shower and dress ourselves. Even if we have the reassurance that we will recover, asking for help and inviting someone to assist in our most intimate tasks is challenging. Our American culture values independence as much as it values youthfulness. Perhaps they are two sides of the same coin. To be “forever young”, as the song references, is to be forever independent and useful. An injury or aging itself can remind us that a key aspect of our humanity is our need for community, companionship, and others to get through the day. This can take many forms throughout our lifetime. Our needs vary from when we first have a child, to when we lose a loved one, to when we take on an ambitious project. The point is that to be human means to need things from one another.

 

The first step in the road to recovery is learning to ask for what we need. Whether a loved one is recovering from something like a fall, a surgery, or a stroke, in-home caregivers can provide a continuity to life as the body heals. The components of a good recovery process include:

  • Good nutrition for your body to rebuild and accommodation of special diets.

  • Quality companionship to engage the mind and stay positive and connected to your life.

  • Assistance with everyday activities of care such as bathing dressing etc.

  • Household management including tasks such as cleaning, shopping, cooking and keeping the space tidy and clean for a healthy environment.

  • Home Safety may include moving a bedroom downstairs or installing grab bars in the bathroom, or rearranging furniture to allow for a safer walkway and the use of mobility devices.

  • Geriatric Care Managers to manage and adapt a plan of care, arrange services in the home, liaison between multiple doctors, family, and caregivers.

  • Medication management to ensure new meds are taken properly and incorporated into a new routine.

If you or someone you love is recovering at home make a sound options a part of your road to recovery. The combination of our geriatric care managers and in-home caregivers can turn stressful situations into manageable one and make home a place for healing. Give us a call today to start getting the help you need at home. 800.628.7649.

 

We tend to associate places for the sick and injured with hospitals and facilities. However, it is our own home environments that are often the best places to foster a sense of comfort, rest, and well-being. Here are 5 simple things you can do to make home a comforting place for the recovery of a loved one:

  1. Create a music playlist with favorite songs to soothe and cheer them up. Even if they are unable to sleep, calming music can provide an atmosphere for rest. This can help lift moods and get the mind off of pain.

  2. Incorporate living plants or flowers into the main room where they are spending most of their awake time. This can be beautiful to look at and increase air quality.

  3. You may also consider moving a favorite piece of artwork or religious symbol nearby for encouragement.

  4. Having plenty of activity is also an important component for keeping busy. The local library has many options for music and books on CD to provide hours of hands free entertainment.

  5. Especially when family is spread out across the country, encourage family and friends to send cards and notes of encouragement. It is helpful to know you are not alone and love ones are sending their positive thoughts, support, and prayers .

Published on September 26, 2014.