Trouble after a hospital visit isn’t always easy to pinpoint, but it’s a lot easier to do when you know what to look for in your senior’s behavior and overall health. His doctor should help you considerably with that, but there are other things for you to consider, too
Pay Attention to Discharge Paperwork
When your senior’s surgeon or doctor release him from the hospital, they give him a set of instructions to follow when he gets home. This information often includes problems to watch out for as well as what he should expect in terms of healing or recovery. If your senior’s experience differs, that might be a sign of trouble. It’s really important that you and your senior read and understand the information in this paperwork so you can be alert for potential issues.
Pay Special Attention to Nutrition After a Hospital Stay
One of the areas covered in your senior’s discharge paperwork is nutrition. This means what he should eat, how often he should eat, and what sorts of supplemental nutrition would be good for him. Nutrition is a vital part of recovery for your elderly family member because if his body doesn’t have the nutrients he needs, he can’t heal as well or as quickly as he’d like to heal.
Call His Doctor if You See These Signs
Your senior’s doctor will give him a list of signs to watch for after he leaves the hospital, but in general, it’s a common sense list. If your senior starts experiencing a fever or nausea, that’s a bad sign. Changes in behavior can be something to be concerned about too, as well as changes in your senior’s balance or strength. If there’s an incision or wound you’re dealing with, look for redness or indications that your senior is in pain.
These Signs Might Mean Emergency Help Is Necessary
There might be other signs which can indicate that your senior needs emergency help. If he starts bleeding or experiences severe pain that doesn’t relent, that is a big problem. If he is suddenly weaker than he should be, that’s another bad sign. If you’re ever in doubt, call his doctor first and determine if emergency services are necessary.
One option is to hire senior care providers for additional care after a hospital stay. This gives you another set of eyes to spot potential issues and can help you avoid second-guessing yourself or telling yourself you’re imagining things.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.