Seniors with chronic medical conditions often face challenges living at home, because they may be in and out of the hospital.
It is possible to improve a loved one’s quality of life by reducing the likelihood of hospital readmission through home health care management.
By following these steps, you can help your loved one add years to his or her life while enjoying more time with family rather than hospital staff.
Understand your loved one’s illness
Chronic disease management differs depending on the condition, so you might do some research to better understand his or her medical and nutritional needs.
Diabetes, for example, can be more easily controlled with a balanced diet rich in high-fiber foods, lean protein sources and vitamin rich vegetables, which all stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Seek help from professional caregivers
It can be difficult to balance your own life with the caregiving needs of your loved one. Therefore, you may need to call on a compassionate and skilled professional who can assist with meal preparation, household chores, and other personal-care tasks at home.
Keep up with preventive care
Regular visits to the doctor and coordinated medical care will help your loved one maintain better overall health and learn of potential health hazards before they become emergencies. You should encourage your loved one to stick to a schedule of regular check-ups and offer a helping hand by providing transportation and asking plenty of questions about home care needs.