Leaving from a stay in a hospital, nursing home, or another senior living center can be a liberating and wonderful experience that leads to improved health and happiness, but it does shift the burden of care from the medical staff to a family caretaker. If your loved one will be discharged soon or you are considering the possibility of relocating them to a home care environment, plan ahead for the changes that come with relocating.
Relocating from Senior Care in a Facility to the Home
The first step in moving from a hospital or senior care facility is the move itself. Make a list of every item that will need to be moved in advance. Transport any large items, clothing, and other possessions with the help of a moving company or helpful friends and family. Communicate clearly with your elder so they will be prepared for the shift in their living arrangements.
Adapting the Home
An extended stay in a medical facility is usually the result of a medical condition, and these can present new challenges in day to day activities. Essential safety and mobility equipment like hand rails in restrooms or wheelchair access ramps should be given a high priority. Storage of items should be tweaked so that your senior can access daily items with relative ease to prevent accidents and improve independence.
Check Your Surroundings
Moving about your neighborhood can also change after a stay in the hospital. A loss of mobility or capability to drive can make their trip to their favorite diner for breakfast difficult, so you might need to find a closer restaurant or use public transportation to keep independence for your senior. If the stay in the medical facility was extended, the old shops and paths that they were used to could have undergone changes. Perform a quick check of your surrounding neighborhood and beyond to create a plan for trips and errands.
Reassess the Schedule
After you’ve settled back into the home and gotten used to changes in how long it takes to accomplish tasks, your time may still not be organized in the most effective manner. For example, cooking and cleaning can take exponentially longer as you add in the messes and meals for another person, so you may have to allocate more time for sprucing up the house and shopping at the grocery store.
Bring in Help
Even when you have established a welcoming home and a handy schedule, there can be gaps in your ability to provide elder care yourself that could leave you contemplating nursing homes as an option. Before you take that step, consider hiring a personal care assistant to cover the periods of time where you or another family member can’t provide supervision. For access to in-home nursing and elderly care that fits your needs and schedule, contact the staff at Dynamic Nursing today!