The first few days after surgery, illness or injury are the most difficult for aging adults to endure. Pain and fatigue are at an all-time high and if they’ve had surgery, the after-effects of anesthesia can influence how they feel. While most people think that elderly adults should stay at the hospital for as long as possible, studies show that many seniors heal faster and enjoy better mental health when they can heal at home. However, they will still need lots of help and care, so it makes sense for them to hire elder care providers as assistants.
So, who might need an elder care provider? Any elderly adult that is experiencing a physical or mental decline that prevents them from taking care of themselves and their household fully needs an elder care provider. This means that aging adults with health issues, either chronic or temporary, can benefit from having a professional and trained assistant come to their home and help in several different ways.
Some of the top reasons why aging adults might need in-home care from an elder care provider include:
- Glaucoma or cataracts
- Broken bones
- Short-term illness like pneumonia or influenza
- Long-term illness like Crohn’s disease or colitis
- Chronic diseases like kidney disease or heart disease
- Cancer treatment and recovery
- Post-heart attack
- Traumatic brain injury
The time it takes to heal depends on so many factors, but elder care providers can ensure that seniors are following their doctor’s orders as closely as possible. They can prepare healthy meals and snacks, remind seniors to take their medication, keep them warm and comfortable and engage their minds with entertainment and conversation. The benefits of an elder care provider combine with the comfort and familiarity of home, so seniors heal faster there.
The best part about elder care providers is that they can be scheduled whenever they are needed. For example, at the first part of recovery and healing, aging adults may need a lot of help with daily self-care tasks such as getting in and out of bed, moving from room to room, using the bathroom, and so forth. As time goes on and the healing and recovery happens, seniors may be able to do more for themselves. In these instances, the elder care provider may not need to come as often or stay as long.
It’s too difficult for aging adults to take care of themselves when they are in recovery, much less maintain a home. Elder care providers can do that as well. In addition to light housekeeping, elder care providers can do things like laundry, dishes, pet care and take out the garbage. Seniors only need to focus on their needs and getting the rest they need to facilitate their recovery.
As the discomfort, pain, nausea and fatigue fade, aging adults can take on more of those essential tasks. Until seniors can once again live on their own, elder care providers are an essential part of recovery.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.