Don’t be afraid to ask for help
A successful transition home will take the assistance of many people, including family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals. There are many things to consider and decisions to be made when moving your loved one back home, and while you might be the primary caregiver, you can’t expect yourself to do it all alone.
Remember that it is OK to ask for help. To ensure that your loved one gets the best care – both medical and non-medical – use all the resources you can. It’s fair to ask other family members to help cook meals, get groceries, stop in for a visit or coordinate doctor’s appointments.
But when those resources aren’t available, it’s a good idea to consider hiring a professional to help with all these tasks and more. Companies like AmeriCare provide certified nurse aides trained and skilled in non-medical, at-home care to help care for your loved one during the transition period and beyond.
A company like this is a great resource for assisting with activities like delivering or cooking meals, light housekeeping, transportation, playing games, and other daily tasks. Resources offering assistance with personal, companion, post-operative and respite care are very important for your loved one and the entire team responsible for their care.
Your loved one deserves the best possible home care. Preparing for this transition by managing expectations, getting the home ready and asking others for help (even professionals) will allow for an excellent continuum of care and help revitalize your loved one’s mind, body and spirit.