Senior Homecare After Surgery: Choosing the Right Homecare Agency

Regardless of age, it simply takes time to recover from surgery. The amount of time, however, increases with age. While your loved one is recovering, you want the peace of mind of knowing she is receiving high-quality care from a licensed senior homecare agency. Whether it’s picking up medications, cooking, or assisting in the bathroom, senior homecare services ensure that your loved one is healthy as soon as possible.

If you know in advance that your loved one is going to have surgery, it’s best to setup your senior’s homecare with enough time to give the agency time to perform a needs assessment and make the necessary arrangements. Whether the senior homecare aide needs to pick your loved one up from the hospital or be at the home with the prescribed medications by a certain time, preparation always minimizes the stress that is natural with any surgical procedure.

Whether it’s hip surgery, knee surgery, plastic surgery, heart surgery, or any other type of surgery, a licensed senior homecare agency will provide reliable care to improve your senior loved one’s quality of life when she needs it most. One study by the Canadian Medical Association Journal even showed that seniors were 43% less likely to pass away in the three months after surgery when they received professional homecare.

Regardless of the type of surgery, common post-surgery senior homecare services include customized assistance with:

Personal care, such as bathing and dressing

Medication management, such as reminding the senior to take her medication at specific times

Range-of-motion exercises

Transportation to and from physical therapy, doctor’s appointments, and errands

Grocery shopping, cooking, and feeding

Making sure the home is safe and easy to navigate post-surgery

Changing ice bags or helping with durable medical equipment (DME), such as getting in and out of a wheelchair

Senior homecare services are never more critical than post-surgery when your loved one is in her most vulnerable and painful condition. That’s why it’s important to do your homework and hire an agency that is experienced at providing senior homecare for all types of post-surgical procedures.

When you interview a senior homecare agency to care for your loved one following a surgery, there are a few key questions you need to ask to make sure they are qualified:

Are they bonded and insured? Do they pay workers’ compensation insurance for their caregivers?

Do they perform criminal background checks on their caregivers? If so, how in-depth is the background check?

How do they hire, train, and review employees?

Do they have specific senior homecare experience following the same surgery as your loved one?

Will they provide you with a comprehensive, written plan of care?

Will they give you detailed references to check?

If your loved one is going to have surgery in the foreseeable future, now’s the time to schedule an assessment with a reputable senior homecare agency. Learn more about making the right decision by visiting www.CambrianHomecare.com or calling 877.422.2270.

Rhiannon Acree is the founder and president of Cambrian Homecare. From its Long Beach, California inception in 1996, Cambrian Homecare now serves four Southern California counties, employing outstanding caregivers that provide customized, flexible, non-medical homecare seven days a week. Visit www.CambrianHomecare.com or call 877.422.2270.

6 Healthy Living Tips For the Elderly

You have a whole lifetime of experience. Combined with advice from doctors and family, by now you know what’s best for you. But even experts like yourself need to be reminded of how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Hence, below are a few healthy living quick tips, hot off the healthy living information press.

Tip One: Do See Your Doctor

Although most of us used our younger years to master the art of avoiding the doctor, it is imperative in our golden years to actually show up to those annoying and mostly hated doctor appointments. Unfortunately, many ailments and disorders are associated with increased age, and it is the reason many doctors organize a battery of tests and appointments for their older patients. Furthermore, perhaps you have certain dietary restrictions or specific prescription medications to take that may prevent you from doing certain exercises, keeping in touch with your physician prior to changing your diet or starting an exercise plan will ensure that both you and your doctor are on the same page when it comes to staying healthy.

Tip Two: Don’t Ignore Any Aches or Pains

Sometimes a pain in your hip can be just that, a pain in your hip, or it could be a sign of something else altogether. As tip one pointed out, do see your doctor if any aches or pains persist. And above all else, stay in tune with and aware of your body so that you can identify the normal aches and pains from the abnormal ones.

Tip Three: Know When You’ve Done Too Much

Are you suffering from sore joints or muscles from your fitness routine? Or have you overextended yourself by agreeing to take care of the grandkids? Be sure to not do too much. It’s Ok, and even advisable to stay active, but remember it’s also equally important to rest.

Tip Four: But Remember, You Do Need to Challenge Yourself

Although you may be content with your daily routine, every now and then, try to challenge yourself. Being fit and active can also include taking risks and pushing yourself to achieve more. So that triathlon that you’ve wanted to compete in since you were twenty, why not do it now in your 60’s?

Tip Five: Keep In Mind the Importance of a Balanced Diet

Try scanning the web for a list of healthy snacks and foods that you can add to your meals to achieve a balanced diet. Many of us tend to eat the same vegetables, fruits, and legumes, when there are so many varieties that we have yet to try. So venture into the unknown and try something different. It’s never too late for change!

Tip Six: A Healthy Mind Is Just as Important as a Healthy Body

Mental health is just as important as physical health and a huge part of mental health comes from being in the company of others. If you’re lonely, seek out a group that shares your interests or take up another hobby to meet people. And most importantly, attempt to spend more time with loved ones, even if it’s just a few minutes a day.

Overall, you already know what you need to do to stay healthy in the long run. Good eating habits, a commitment to exercise, and all around just caring for YOU will ensure a long, healthy, life.

Bradley P. White has been a practicing pharmacist in Ohio for 13 years. He focuses his practice on healthy living and wellness. He educates people on how to correct nutritional deficiencies to avoid illness and disease. To get a copy of Bradley’s Free book How To Avoid A Lifetime Of Illness and Medications visit his site at http://www.supersizeyourhealth.com/blog/st/index1.html