While your elderly loved one is recovering at the hospital, you can start to plan and prepare for his/her care needs back at home. This helps to ensure that the home is conducive for a smoother recovery.
It is common for caregivers to feel overwhelmed by the many responsibilities. For day-to-day activities, creating a
care routine can help to make daily tasks more manageable. In the midst of providing practical care, meaningful engagement with your loved one enhances the experience.
You can boost your skills and confidence with
caregiver training courses. In cases where your loved one’s needs go beyond what you can do, there are care services in the community that can help to support your caregiving journey.
As your journey progresses, your loved one’s condition may change or an unexpected event could happen. Therefore, it is important to
plan ahead for your own and your loved one’s future health and personal care.
Understanding your loved ones' preferences and arranging for future care arrangements will help to alleviate the stress of your family members. This also includes
preparing ahead in the event of an emergency at home.
While your loved one is recovering at the hospital, you can start to plan and prepare for his/her care needs back at home. This helps to ensure that the home is conducive for a smoother recovery.
Below is a simple checklist to guide your care planning.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) refer to a person’s basic skills to manage physical needs. The six common ADLs are:
If your loved one needs assistance in his/her ADLs, do discuss with his/her healthcare team on how to manage this, and ways to enable him/her to be as independent as possible at home. The healthcare team can also give advice if there is a need for home modifications and/or assistive devices.
New to preparing care for a loved one with disability upon hospital discharge?
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You can adapt or modify your home to make the home safer for your loved one and reduce the incidence of accidents. Find out more
When caring for a loved one with disability upon hospital discharge, equip yourself with tips on
home modifications and
home-based care services for Child and Adult Care.
There are tools or items that can assist your loved one to perform daily tasks. If your loved one is frail or has limited mobility, assistive devices such as walking aids and pressure relief mattress can help in his/her daily needs. Find out more
here. In addition, you can
click here to learn more about the assistive technology when caring for a loved one with disability.
Making decisions about caregiving needs can be overwhelming and the choices can affect your finances. By knowing your options and the
Financial Assistance available, it can help to defray some expenses and make care more affordable. You can seek advice from a social worker at the hospital or visit
You could become stressed or feel unprepared in caring for your loved one. Learn care techniques and skills on creating a safe and supportive environment for your loved one through
Your loved one’s expected date of discharge is decided by your doctor. As part of the process, a nursing professional will work with you on the continuing care plan for your loved one. As caregivers, you and your family may be taught simple nursing procedures to carry out at home.
Before leaving the hospital, you will receive the following:
Here are more tips to better care for your loved one.
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