Caregiver Services for Hospitalized Seniors
When a family member is hospitalized, the stress on the family is tremendous. Doctors, nurses, medications, therapies, and other aspects of a hospital stay can be overwhelming. The assistance of a caregiver during these times can be a great comfort to you and your family. A trained and informed caregiver can help guide you through the hospitalization experience, make important inquiries, keep your loved-one company when you can’t be there, and assure a smooth transition back to the home environment.
If you’ve already been using caregiver services before the hospitalization, they can help transfer important information to the medical team. The caregiver may be the best informed person when it comes to reporting detailed daily activities and recent changes to the medical team. They can help locate living wills, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, current medication lists, as well as report allergies and current physical and mental capabilities to hospital staff.
If your loved-one has never had an in-home caregiver before, it can be helpful to introduce a caregiver to them during the hospital stay. Caregivers can partner with the medical team to understand post-discharge orders about medications and physical therapies. They can schedule follow-up appointments and provide safe transportation home from the hospital if needed.
There are some other ways that caregivers (or even family members) can be very impactful advocates during a loved-one’s hospital stay:
- Find out how to contact the attending physician when necessary
- Ask the attending physician to explain the overall treatment plan
- Make sure your contact information is listed correctly on the patient’s chart
- Get to know the nursing staff that provides daily care. They can inform you about changes to treatments and ongoing recovery.
- Speak to a hospital social worker or case manager about the plan for ongoing care after discharge. Find out what community resources are available.
- Make sure medication instructions are clear and completely understood before leaving the hospital
Allways Home Care caregivers are trained to assist in these ways and more when caring for someone who is hospitalized. It can be quite comforting to families, and most importantly, to the patient to have someone who is on-site, informed, and helpful during these stressful times.http://www.allwayshomecare.org/caregiver-services-hospitalized-seniors/Caregiver Training