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Should You Provide Rehab Care to Your Senior Loved One?

Jul 6, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN

If your senior loved one had a serious health event such as surgery, they will probably need to go through the process of rehabilitation until they’re fully recovered. Rehab usually starts in the hospital but ends in the home of the senior. Of course, this is only possible if the senior has someone to provide them with proper rehab care. Otherwise, the second stage of the rehab process needs to take place in a nursing home or some other facility.

Obviously, most seniors prefer to receive rehab care in the comfort of their own home. Unfortunately, not all of them have children and/or relatives who have the time, as well as the skills to provide them with the kind of care they need while recovering.

If you’re thinking about providing family care to a recovering senior, there are a few things you need to consider before making your decision. Here are some things you ought to ask yourself:

  • Is there enough room in the house for a large hospital bed and accompanying equipment?
  • Is the senior capable of taking care of personal hygiene tasks on their own?
  • Is the senior able to walk without any problems?
  • Are you going to be able to provide the senior with rehab care tasks, such as medication management, wound care, and health monitoring?
  • Is this going to prevent you from taking care of regular daily living tasks like housekeeping and cooking?

After thinking thoroughly about the challenges that caring for a recovering senior brings, you may realize that this can be a pretty difficult task. If you’re not certain that you can take care of this work the right way, maybe the solution is to hire senior caregivers to help you out?

Hiring professionals to assist you with rehab senior care comes with a number of benefits. First of all, you’ll get a helping hand that will make the job easier for you. More importantly, a professional caregiver has the skills and the experience needed to ensure a speedy recovery of your senior loved one.

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