It’s an exciting day when your senior gets to come home from the hospital. You might also feel as if you’re trying to race around making sure her home is ready for her, too. These ideas can help quite a bit.
Stock up Her Fridge and Freezer
Depending on how long your senior has been in the hospital, odds are good that she needs a solid grocery shop to refill her fridge, pantry, and freezer. She likely also doesn’t have the energy to do this on her own. If possible, you could take over this task for her or delegate it to a friend or family member who wants to help.
Line up Any Equipment She’ll Need
Alongside making sure your senior has plenty of food waiting for her when she returns home, it’s also a good idea to ensure that any medical equipment or tools she will need are also waiting for her. Her doctor will likely give you a list before she’s discharged so that you can prepare. If there are specific treatments or therapies that might be helpful, it is a good idea to start lining up those appointments, too.
Hire Senior Cleaning Services
If your elderly family member has been in the hospital for even a few days, her home can feel stuffy and maybe even a bit musty. It might even need a quick safety sweep to ensure that it’s safe for your senior to come home. Senior cleaning services can tackle all of this for your elderly family member and they can do it quickly and efficiently. If she needs long term help with keeping her home clean and free of safety hazards, they can help with that, too.
Set up a System for Keeping Tabs on What She Needs
It’s a good idea to have a system set up with your elderly family member by which you can easily keep track of whether she needs help or anything else. If you don’t live close to her, you might consider having a friend or other family member check-in personally. Or, if you do live and work close to her, you might even consider staying with her for a night or two.
Experiencing a successful discharge from the hospital means that your elderly family member doesn’t have to go back for the same problem shortly after she leaves. Following these tips can help to ensure that your aging family member’s discharge from the hospital is as successful as you can possibly make it.