More than likely, there are many times you have wished there was a guide to Family Caregiving: a book to reference when questions arise about the welfare of your senior loved one. It is impossible to identify all of the responsibilities you face as a Family Caregiver but as you navigate the needs of your loved one, there are ways to prepare for certain situations. For example, it is likely that you will need to help your senior loved one with doctor’s appointments and hospital stays.
Hospital stays require a lot of involvement on your end. Add that to the emotional strain of having a senior loved one become ill and you are facing a lot of caregiver related stress.
If your senior loved one is facing a hospital stay or treatment that will require a lot of time spent dealing with medical facilities and information, here are some guidelines that can help you prepare and organize.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions- One of the most valuable things you can do while at the hospital with your loved one is to meet their healthcare providers face to face. This helps establish yourself as the point of contact for medical information and updates. It also helps your loved one know that they have a support system they can count on and eases the stress of hospital visits.
- Pay attention to medication and treatment information- Because you will be an important part of their care, it is important for you to education yourself on what medications and treatments your loved one is receiving. By knowing the side effects, dosing instructions and other information, you will know ahead of time what to expect. This is a great way to be prepared and enables you to quickly identify possible adverse reactions or complications.
- Enlist the help of others- There are many benefits of asking for help among family members and friends. First, having caring people nearby gives your loved one emotional support they need, which promotes faster recovery. Coordinate a network of people who can visit your loved one and ensure there is someone to accompany them to all appointments. Second, coordinating a time where others can assist with visits and appointments eases your stress by giving you more time to do other errands or spend time with your immediate family.
Hospital visits, doctor appointments and medical information takes up a large portion of Family Caregiver responsibilities. At Freudenthal Home Health Services, we can ease the stress especially when your senior loved one is discharged from the hospital and returns home. Contact us to find out about our new "Full Life At Home Program" that provides around the clock care for less than $5 per hour. Contact us today to find out more.