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Article submitted by Pat Abernathey, Agency Director & Owner of Caring Senior Service of Boulder. Caring Senior Service of Boulder can be reached at 303-500-3079.
Website: boulder.caringseniorservice.com

Boulder, Colorado - As we age, illness and injury can take a greater toll on the body than in our younger years. If you have an elderly loved one, the odds that they will have a hospital stay in the next 12 months are high. Falls are one example of the risks that lead to hospitalization.

And, it is not uncommon in this day and age for elderly patients to need a stint in a short-term rehab facility after being discharged from the hospital. This is a good piece that will help start the planning process when a loved one is being discharged.

Make sure you use the resources provided by your case manager, social worker and discharge planner.

We want to add some things to consider

The above article from the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) focuses on medication, illnesses and medical considerations to try and avoid re-hospitalization. It is also important to think about the non-medical items such as:

  • Will my loved one be able to live in their home again without assistance? And how do I know?
  • After their hospital/rehab stay, will they be able to do laundry (lifting a heavy basket or transferring wet clothes to the dryer can be restrictive)?
  • Will they be able to cook nutritious meals for themselves?
  • Will they be able to bathe as easily as before (falls in the bathroom are extremely common)?
  • Will they be able to run errands for themselves?

If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, then the next question should be, “Who will do these things for our loved one?”

This is a huge part of the planning process. It behooves all involved to ask these questions sooner rather than later. The last thing you want is to be forced to find out the answers after mom or dad is home and struggling.

If you would like more information about the planning process for staying at home after a hospital stay please contact us. Caring Senior Service of Boulder has identified some of the leading issues that impact the lives of seniors every day. On our website we have topics and assessment resources and tools for individuals and families looking for senior care.

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The Caring staff of Boulder know the importance for seniors to maintain a safe, independent life. This is why we provide GreatCare® that gives you and your loved one the control you need to live healthy, happy and at home. Please browse through our website to discover why more and more families have trusted Caring as the leader in senior home care for more than 20 years. Thank you for taking the time to consider Caring Senior Service of Boulder. We would love to welcome you to our Caring family! To find out more about our GreatCare® or to arrange a free in-home safety assessment, contact us today at 303-500-3079. We look forward to meeting you!

More about Caring Senior Service of Boulder

Caring Senior Service of Boulder knows the importance for seniors to maintain a safe, independent life. This is why they provide GreatCare® that gives you and your loved one the control you need to live healthy, happy and at home. Visit their website to discover why more and more families have trusted Caring as the leader in senior home care for more than 20 years.

About the Author: Local owner Pat Abernathey is honored to provide home care services throughout the Boulder area. He is committed to delivering a high level of service and dedicated to improving the quality of life for all his clients. If you have questions you can reach Pat at 303-500-3079.

© 2013, All Rights Reserved by Pat Abernathey, Caring Senior Service of Boulder

Posted May 2013 on www.SeniorsResourceGuide.com