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Returning Home

See Dolores.

See Dolores fall down. See Dolores get a hip replacement

See Dolores get discharged. See Dolores go home alone.

See Dolores get readmitted for easily avoidable complications that arose because she didn’t have anyone to help her follow the doctor’s instructions and drive her to her follow up appointment.

Poor Dolores.

A senior living alone often finds themselves thrust into a hospital environment where they feel little control over their own destiny. They are given drugs to ease the pain which inevitably cloud the mind. Quickly following surgery/treatment, the hazy-minded senior is sent home alone with a laundry list of medications, dosage instructions, rehabilitation exercises, and follow up appointments. Even contemplating the idea is exhausting. Is it any wonder that so many of them find themselves back under the fluorescent lights again and again and again?

Of all the different ways Home Instead Senior Care serves families, our Returning Home program is one of my favorites. Seniors need a helping hand when they come back home after a hospital stay or illness. They need someone to help them:

  • Remember to take their medications at the appropriate time.
  • Prepare meals according the restrictions/instruction of the discharging physician.
  • Assist them with personal care needs (bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, etc.)
  • Help out with all “the little things” around the house.
  • Keep an eye out for warning signs relative to their plan of care.
  • Make sure they get to their follow up appointments.
  • Maintain daily care records so that their doctor can best assess their recovery.

For many, well intentioned family members or neighbors will offer to step in, often putting their own health, finances or career on the line. They soon find out that caregiving is no easy endeavor.

Our approach to helping seniors transition back into their homes involves a coordinated team of individuals, working to make sure that needs are met. Initially, our caregivers may stay as little as four or five hours. Some find it comforting to know that our caregivers can stay the night during those first few evenings back home to make sure everything is ok. From that point forward, the care can last as long as needed or taper off as quickly as is appropriate. Our goal is healing and each individual situation will dictate a slightly different approach.

“Stephen, I just wanted to call and let you know that mom is doing really well. Thank you so much for everything your team did to help but I don’t think we will need you anymore after Thursday.”

We’ve never worked harder to get fired.

If you have a senior in your life who is recovering from an illness or hospital stay, give us a call. We would love to get fired by you too.


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