Supporting Seniors in the Hospital

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When an older adult has to stay in the hospital, it can be frightening and confusing for them.
As a caregiver, you can provide them the extra support they may need during a hospital stay. Having a caregiver who acts as an advocate and ensures doctors have all the information they need about the senior can reduce the chances of complications that can occur. Below are some suggestions for ways caregivers can offer support to their elderly family members while they are in the hospital.


Elderly Care in Coconut Creek FL: Senior Hospital Care
Elderly Care in Coconut Creek FL: Senior Hospital Care


Supply Medical History

Your aging relative may have trouble communicating their medical history. Caregivers can help by supplying doctors with the information. Consider creating a file that contains notes on the senior’s health history, the medications they take, and any special needs they have. Provide this information to the older adult’s medical team.

Coordinate Visitors

It can be helpful to have someone the senior knows with them as often as possible. This does not mean the primary caregiver has to stay at the hospital for the duration of the stay. But, you can help to coordinate visitors so that someone is there most of the time. Call family members and friends and ask them to come to the hospital during certain hours. If the senior would benefit from a visit from their clergy person, call their place of worship and arrange for a visit.

Keep the Older Adult Comfortable

Bringing the senior some items from home can make them feel more comfortable. Some things you might bring are a device to play music on, books or magazines to read, a bathrobe, and warm socks. If the hospital will allow it, bring a favorite blanket from home.

Offer Reassurance

Your loved one may feel uncertain about the future and frightened about what happens next. Reassure them that they will have the help they need, no matter what the outcome of their hospital stay is. Remind them that you care about them and so do other family caregivers. Be positive about the future. If the older adult has a tendency to dwell on their worries, it can help to distract them by talking about other things, playing a game, or watching television with them.

Plan for What Will Happen After the Hospital Stay

Time in the hospital can signify changing care needs. The older adult may need more help at home. Family caregivers may no longer be able to handle the duty on their own. If that’s the case, consider contacting a home care agency to hire in-home help for those times when family caregivers are not available.

If you or a family member are in need of Elderly Care in Coconut Creek, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

Sources
Dailycaring.com
Parentgiving.com

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.