4 Reasons To Consider Short-Term Care For Your Loved One


If you have a parent or other elderly relative, being sure that they are cared for is important. This is because as your loved one ages their independence in their daily lives begin to dwindle, especially if they have health problems. This is why it's important to consider when your loved one needs to seek out professional care. There are generally two types of care your loved one can receive, which would be short term or long term. Here are four reasons to consider short term over long term:

Your Loved One Is Recovering From a Hospital Stay: If your loved one had a recent surgery where they needed to stay in the hospital for some time, you may want to consider short-term care. This way, your loved one can transition from the full-time care they were receiving in the hospital back to their regular, independent lives. This, of course, is the best option if the doctors have said that they can recover to be back to normal eventually. 

Your Loved One Has Serious Wounds That Need to Heal: If your loved one had a serious injury that resulted in major wounds that need to heal, then you should consider short-term care. This is important because you don't want your loved one to forget to bandage the wound correctly or apply the right ointments or take the right medication. This is especially important if your loved one tends to be forgetful or cannot continue with normal movement because their wounds are so severe. 

Your Loved One Is Living Alone for a Short Time:  If your loved one normally lives with you, but your family is going on a long-term trip, then you want to consider short-term care. This is also ideal if your loved one is transitioning to living on their own for the first time. Having short-term care will help them transition and learn how to care for themselves without care eventually. 

Your Loved One Is Recovering From a Stroke: If your loved one is recovering from a stroke, there is a chance that they will need speech therapy or help with movement if they lost feeling in some areas of their body. Be sure to talk with your loved one's doctor about what kind of care your loved one will need. 

When you know these four reasons to consider short-term care, you can be sure that you loved one receives the actual care that they need, whether it be long term or short term. For more information, contact a place like Valley View Retirement Community.


13 March 2017

Helping Your Parent Adjust to Assisted Living

My husband and I recently moved his mother to an assisted living facility. My name is Audrey Martin, and I am going to share our experience with you. My mother-in-law is eighty-two years old. She has been living on her own for twelve years since her husband passed away. My husband, David, is her only child. That left us in charge of making this decision for her since she has declined to the point of not being able to make sound decisions on her own. I’m not going to tell you that it’s been easy, but I will say that it can be done. I hope that what I’m about to share proves to be helpful to you should the time come that you are the one moving a loved one to an assisted living facility. Thanks for stopping by!