Enhance Senior Community Integration with Home Care Assistance
Today’s post explains how ABC SW Houston (Katy) helps seniors access the powerful benefits of community.
And believe it or not, whether your loved one is trying to integrate into a care community for the first time, returning after a long hospital stay, or simply wants to get more involved, home care assistance is the answer. Read on to learn how.
Promoting Community Integration With Home Care Assistance
Back in 2017, the journal of International Psychogeriatrics published an article by Carrie McAiney and colleagues titled “Improving the Seniors’ Transition from Hospital to Community: A Case for Intensive Geriatric Service Workers.”
This article shared results from a study that measured how home care assistance teams enhanced senior citizens’ reintegration into communities after long-term stays in hospitals. Their research highlighted three main challenges that seniors face:
- Limited understanding of the special needs of a senior. It’s essential that the people entrusted with the safety of your loved one understand their special needs, especially after prolonged hospitalization. But some senior communities, nurses, and drivers won’t. Keeping your trusted, long-term home care assistance worker close-by during times of transition ensures that these needs are always accounted for.
- Limited continuity of care. Many seniors are discharged from the hospital before they’re fully healed or recovered. This is normal, since many treatments can be completed independently at home. So your loved one is sent home with care instructions, rehab exercises, and handfuls of medication to manage.But what if you can’t manage this level of self-care? Many seniors struggle already with the activities of daily living (ADLs), so changing dressings is out of the question.For these vulnerable seniors, continuity of care is needed.Home care assistance is the perfect way to bridge the gap between care settings. Your Always Best Care SW Houston care worker can visit your loved one in the hospital, then assist with their transition by transporting and supporting your loved one on discharge day. That way, the care never stops. Once your loved one is settled at home, our home care assistance team can assist with medication management, monitor their rehab exercise program adherence, prepare healthy meals, and otherwise implement your custom care plan.
- Poor communication between seniors and health providers, and among health providers. Communication is key in any relationship, especially that which exists between the patient and physician. Patient-provider communication is critical for optimal recovery and preventing dangerous medication mismanagement.Home care assistance workers accompanying seniors to appointments provide an extra set of eyes and ears to help retain important care instructions. They also act as advocates for seniors, communicating their needs and asking for clarifications as needed.
ABC SW Houston’s home care assistance helps seniors overcome all three of these challenges to community reintegration.
Bringing Home the Benefits of Community
As we age, chronic pain, mobility issues, and disease-related impairments can make it hard to get out and engage with the community. But that doesn’t mean we should stop socializing and building strong ties–these activities generally improve quality of life, and have been shown to have a protective effect against feelings of depression and isolation.
If your loved one can’t get out to social events on their own, home care assistance workers can support them every them of the way. From help with planning, to transportation, to ongoing support and safety monitoring, our team is there for your parent.
And if getting outside isn’t an option, our companionship care brings the benefits community right to the bedside.
Learn more about ABC SW Houston (Katy)’s home care assistance at https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/tx/katy/.
McAiney, C. A., Hillier, L. M., Paul, J., Wilson, J. M., Phelan, A. T., Wagner, F., & O’Connor, S. (2017). Improving the seniors’ transition from hospital to the community: a case for intensive geriatric service workers. International Psychogeriatrics, 29(1), 149-163.