In the vast majority of situations, if your elderly adult goes to the emergency room or undergoes a medical procedure or treatment, their healing doesn’t stop when they walk out the door of the facility. Instead, they continue the recovery process at home. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to take as many steps as possible to help them make the most of this recovery time. That includes creating an environment of healing in their home so they are able to rest, recover, recuperate, and also move forward in a way that is healthy and safe.
Use the steps to create an environment of healing in your seniors home:
- Make sure the home environment is as clean as possible. Especially if your senior is in the hospital or treatment center for an extended time, make an effort to clean and refresh the home to remove dust and dirt, disinfect surfaces, freshen the air, and remove germs.
- Remove as much clutter as possible. This is particularly important for the areas where your senior will spend the most time recuperating. Clutter creates anxiety and unrest, which are not conducive to healing.
- Identify the space where your senior will heal and recover. If their bedroom isn’t easily accessible, and their procedure or illness has made it so they can’t get to it, consider moving their bed into a room on the lower floor so it’s easier for them to get to their place of rest.
- Equip their rest area with items that can help them with their recovery and will keep them comfortable, such as thick socks, slippers, tissues, hand lotion and sanitizer, lip balm, bottled water, and simple, nutritious snacks.
- Have a list of potential side effects and things to look out for readily accessible, along with contact information for the doctor.
- Stock their freezer with healthy food so it’s easy for them or their elderly care provider to quickly provide a healthy, delicious, and satisfying meal. Ideally, prepare these meals in individual portions to reduce the need to thaw a large amount, take out a portion, and freeze again.
Hiring a caregiver can be an amazing element of healing after your senior visits the emergency room, or undergoes a medical treatment or procedure. After these types of situations, your senior will need additional support and care to help them recover and also to move forward with a healthier lifestyle.
A caregiver can offer a wide range of services that can achieve both of these goals. This can include helping them to keep their home clean and comfortable, providing physical support and assistance to manage mobility problems, meal and snack preparation to support good nutrition, medication reminders to help them stay compliant, companionship to support to get emotional health, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Plainview NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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