The Role of In-Home Care for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Recovery
Recovering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI) can feel incredibly overwhelming, and at times, hopeless. But with some proper coordination, there’s no reason why anyone recovering can’t lead a fulfilled life.
Coordinating Effective Care for Brain or Spinal Cord Injuries
Many recovering patients require the coordinated care of both medically trained nurses and physical and occupational therapy providers along with in-home care specialists to cover their medical, physical, and emotional needs. While friends, family members, and even community volunteers can add to this network of support, having a trained in-home care professional can really help to alleviate stress and ensure effective care. Trained in-home care professionals are skilled at navigating recovery plans, developing strategies to meet recovery needs, and coordinating with other care providers and friends and family members to ensure the highest level of care.
Maintaining a Recovery Strategy
TBI and SCI recovery can require a great deal of planning and observation. Patients recovering from surgery may need to meet with several rehabilitation specialists throughout the week, learn to maneuver medical equipment at home, and maintain rigorous medication schedules. In-home care providers can help bring structure and stability to their new recovery schedule. From medication planning to appointment transportation and support, an in-home care professional will work with other providers within the medical home to ensure your loved one is able to make every appointment, follow appropriate nutrition plans, take their medication on time, and safely and effectively use their at-home medical equipment.
Providing Daily Routine and Emotional Support
While in-home care providers can offer a great deal of support for medication management, at-home safety, medical communication coordination, and transportation to and from various appointments, it’s the additional soft skills they have that make all the difference. In-home care providers are there to help your loved one plan and go grocery shopping, help with light household chores, provide support during daily routines, and be there to help cook meals. They provide gentle, emotional support and offer a shoulder to cry on and a confidant with whom they can share their stories. In-home care specialists take great care to treat their clients with dignity and respect during all points of care – from getting out of bed to assisting with bathing and bathroom needs.
The truth is, recovering from TBI or SCI surgery isn’t easy, but with the right team and the right in-home care provider, your loved one has a real chance at a happy and healthy daily life. If you’re interested in meeting with qualified in-home care providers for you or your loved one, reach out to your local AmeriCare today and get the conversation started.