It can be difficult to see your parents’ health decline and if they had a hospital stay due to a fall or illness, you may need to make changes so that they can come home from the hospital and spend time there. Here is a list of things that you should consider when preparing to bring a parent home from the hospital.
1. Safety Issues
One of the biggest concerns may be continued safety at home, especially if there is a fall at home. Clearing out any clutter at home and making it easy for your parents to move around their home is very important. You can add in safety features like a grab bar in the shower or a ramp up to the front door. You may also add in a stair lift.
2. Monitoring Service
Another option to consider is installing a monitoring service in the home. This service allows your parent to quickly contact an emergency call center when they fall or if there is a medical emergency. There are even mobile options that can help if your parents get lost when they are driving around town.
3. Setting Up Medical Equipment
Another thing to consider is the medical equipment that your parent may need on returning home from the hospital. Your parent may temporarily need a hospital bed that makes it easier to get in and out of bed. Other equipment may include oxygen or something as simple as a walker. You can learn exactly what you need to arrange by speaking to your parent’s doctor or nurse.
4. Arranging for Extra Help
When your parent first comes home, they may be limited in what they can do physically. The help may need to be a housekeeper or a cook. They may need more specialized help that can helps with nursing duties or bathing. You may need a caretaker there 24 hours a day or just a few hours each day or every other day.
5. Take Advantage of Available Services
Caring for an aging parent can be difficult, especially if you still have children at home. There are services in the communities that can help with many duties you may take on yourself. There are services that can help drive your parents around town, help with the shopping or meal delivery or even set up weekly visitors to check in. Talk to the human services department to learn what is available in your area.
Learn how to make a home senior friendly so that when you bring you mom or dad home from the hospital it will be easier for them to retain their independence.