If somebody in your family has suffered a medical emergency like a heart attack or stroke, injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, a car accident, or some other emergency that landed them in hospital, they will be looking at a potentially lengthy recovery. Homecare assistance may be needed.
Many times, family rallies around this loved one to support them. Without even realizing it, you could become a family caregiver. If you live in relative close proximity to this senior, it is often natural to step up and help whenever you can. That is especially true when it’s a parent or grandparent, spouse, or even a sibling.
The recovery process for an older American can be pretty lengthy. It might take a few weeks, but more likely months, possibly even up to a year depending on the reason that senior was hospitalized in the first place. That means persistence is going to be essential.
Why persistence is vital.
The longer the recovery process takes, the easier it is for somebody to give up, pack in the towel, or even skip days when they should be working with a physical therapist, exercising, or doing various tasks their doctor recommended.
That’s going to happen when the senior doesn’t see results. When he or she doesn’t feel any different for weeks or even months.
In truth, changes are happening. Improvement is most likely taking place. But, when we are in the midst of difficult times, doubt, and even some depressive symptoms that could creep in, we don’t see them.
For the family caregiver, this can lead to a great deal of frustration as well. You end up being a cheerleader, a coach, and a parent. You might become a parent to your own parent. That doesn’t do the relationship any benefit and it can create a great deal of tension and friction in your relationship.
What can you do?
When you feel yourself burning out, getting frustrated, and wanting to give up, those are powerful signs you should listen to. Take heed and consider homecare. A homecare aide can be a valuable asset in the recovery process.
The more experience a homecare provider has in supporting elderly men and women through recovery — from whatever ailment landed them in the hospital — the more beneficial it can be.
This will give you time to refresh and recharge. This will help you step back and see how things have changed, improved, and give you and that senior a much-needed emotional break from one another that could be vital to pushing through with recovery when it seems toughest.