An emergency can be defined many different ways for just about everyone. For aging veterans, an emergency can be a health scare such as a heart attack or stroke, injuries sustained during a slip and fall accident, major surgery, and more. For those veterans, home care is a great option to help with recovery process.
Why recovery at home is necessary.
Today, hospitals are under increased pressure to send patients home as quickly as possible. That means the elderly veteran is going to have to continue the recovery process either in a nursing home or, ultimately, in the comfort of their own home. Veterans home care is like any other type of home care for other individuals. The best type of home care aide is the one who is hired through a home care agency.
Here are a few ideas that can help aging veterans and their family members find the right type of care at home.
Talk about their specific needs.
If the veteran was hospitalized following a slip and fall accident, he may require physical therapy as a part of his recovery process. If he suffered from a stroke, he may need physical therapy and a visiting nurse to check on his vital statistics on a consistent and regular basis. The visiting nurse would then relay that information to his primary care physician for proper monitoring.
As long as you know the specific needs of the elderly veteran, it becomes that much easier to discuss various caregivers with home care agencies.
Avoid the temptation to be the hero.
Many family members step up to be a primary caregiver for their aging parent or other loved one out of a sense responsibility or duty. In reality, though, it’s best to rely on experienced caregivers in these situations.
Trying to be the hero is a noble effort, but if that particular family member or friend doesn’t know the right things to do to encourage a full and healthy recovery, it can complicate the process and lead to a longer recovery time.
Most doctors recommend their patients get exercise on a regular basis. Check with the veteran’s primary care physician to determine whether certain exercises are okay for them at this time.
For more information and to learn about veteran’s care, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.