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Post-Op Rehab: At Home or in a Nursing Facility?

Jul 6, 2018 by Sandra Hatch

A health event that requires hospitalization is usually followed by a rehabilitation process which includes things like physical or occupational therapy. The rehab can last from only a couple of days to several weeks. Actually, the end of the rehab is when the patient fully recovers. But, given the fact that recovery is a process made of many stages, rehab doesn’t have to be done entirely in the hospital. In fact, most of the rehab is done at home.

Of course, this is only true for seniors who have family caregivers who are capable of providing them in-home care. Others need to go to a skilled nursing facility where professional caregivers are going to provide them with the care they need for a quick recovery.

The thing is that a big majority of seniors is against moving to a nursing home, even only for a brief period. Instead, they prefer recovering from a surgery in the comfort of their own home. If you’re thinking about providing rehab care to your senior loved one in their home, there are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself first. Some of those questions include the following:

  • Do your work obligations allow you to care for the senior 24/7?
  • Is there enough room in the senior’s home for a large hospital bed and accompanying equipment?
  • Are you capable of performing tasks essential for the senior’s recovery, such as wound care, health monitoring, physical therapy exercises, and medication management?
  • Are you going to be able to handle everyday living tasks, such as housekeeping, cooking, running errands?

 If you give it a thought, you will see that caring for a recovering senior is a very difficult task. But, this doesn’t mean that you should have them move into a nursing home. Instead, you can find some middle ground. We’re talking about using the services of in home care agencies.

If you hire a professional caregiver to help you out, they’re going to do all the work you find hard. They’re also going to ensure that your senior is getting all they need in order to recover quickly. Furthermore, care providers can even help you out with keeping the senior’s living environment nice and clean.

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