A visit to the emergency room is not something you look forward to with your aging loved one. If, however, they suffer an injury or illness severe enough to warrant such a visit, it is important that both of you take steps to ensure they get the maximum benefit from the care they receive while there, and the recovery period after.
One of the most important times of their visit is actually the discharge. This is the culmination of their care at the hospital, but the beginning of the care you’ll give them. Asking the right questions during discharge can help you to make sure your senior gets the level of care they need when they get home, and that you are ready to support them and detect any issues they might experience during this time.
Some questions to ask the doctor before your parent is discharged from the emergency room include:
- What was their diagnosis?
- What types of treatments did they receive while in the emergency room?
- What types of tests did they undergo while in the emergency room?
- What were the results of the tests?
- What types of prescriptions were they given?
- What is the purpose of these prescriptions?
- What type of care and support will they need after returning home?
- Will they require any follow-up care?
- What symptoms are normal for this condition?
- What symptoms could indicate danger, or would require a return visit to the emergency room?
- How long should recovery take?
How can home care services help?
Having home care as a part of your parent’s recovery efforts after they suffer a serious injury or illness can be a tremendous benefit for them, and for you as their family caregiver. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to fill care gaps that might exist as a result of your schedule or your own physical limitations.
This means even if your parent needs more physical support and assistance than you can physically provide you can still be assured they are in good hands with their home care provider. The personalized services of this provider are designed specifically to meet your senior’s needs so they can recover in the best way possible, and can be extended after their recovery process to support a healthier, safer way of life as they age in place.