Jul 20, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN
A number of seniors who had a serious health event that required hospitalization are required to undergo a rehab program until they're fully recovered. In most cases, the rehabilitation starts while the senior is in the hospital, but ends at seniors home.
The reason why seniors are encouraged to receive rehab care in the comfort of their own home is that it really works better. The experience has shown that the seniors who have rehab in their home, opposite to rehab at a seniors' home, recover much faster and hospital readmission is needed.
So, if you are thinking about becoming a family caregiver for a senior that's currently in the rehab process, there are some things you need to think about before making the final decision. First of all, you need to check whether the home in which the senior would receive rehab care has enough room to accommodate a large hospital bed and the accompanying equipment.
You also need to try to figure out how much time you will need to invest in helping your senior loved one. Finally, you also need to be sure that you actually have the skills necessary to provide good rehab care to the senior.
Remember that rehab care involves all sorts of demanding tasks, including the following:
On top of everything, you will also need to ensure that the home of the senior remains clean and neat while they're incapable of taking a good care of it. This means that you will need to take care of tasks such as cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, and so on.
If all this sounds like a very difficult job, it doesn't mean that you should give up. Instead of letting your senior go to an old people's place, you can ensure their fast recovery by asking help from professional home health providers. They will make your job as a family caregiver much easier, while also ensuring that your senior gets all the care they need.