We interact with a number of different types of clients who come to us with a variety of needs. Sometimes it’s those looking for in-home occupational therapy, while others have just had a baby that might soon be needing pediatric home healthcare. Other’s might be needing full-time senior home care for a loved one.
Of course, every one of these people has had a different experience with hospitals recently. The one needing therapy might have been in an accident at work and wants to take as much advantage of the full-time care as possible. The parents of a newborn with special needs might be interested in sticking around at the hospital as long as possible because they’re simply not ready to take the child home after receiving so much expert care. And the senior in need of help doesn’t want to leave the hospital because leaving might mean it’s time for a nursing home.
For all of these clients, we have a suggestion: get out of the hospital as soon as possible. And when we say possible, we mean as soon as the doctor says it’s appropriate.
At first, you might think that staying in the hospital is the best option. After all, there are so many people to care for you or your loved one! But here are a few reasons you’ll want to get out of the hospital as quickly as possible.
Avoid the Infectious Diseases
People tend to think that hospitals are the cleanest places on Earth. There are sinks everywhere, antibacterial dispensers every 50 feet, and that smell that can only mean that someone was in every room with a powerful disinfectant within the last day.
Of course, hospitals take all of these precautions for one simple reason: they’re full of deadly diseases, and people have open wounds into which these diseases can become introduced. The fact is, doctors want to move patients toward in-home care as quickly as possible; the longer someone stays in the hospital after surgery, the more likely they are to pick up a bug. Such diseases might not usually be dangerous, but lowered immune systems and surgery wounds mean that what’s usually a sniffle could turn into something deadly.
More than two million people get infections in hospitals each year. It’s not always the doctors’ or nurses’ fault, because some bacteria and viruses are simply going to bypass every system in place. So if your doctor says it’s time to go home, you might want to listen to them.
Get Back To Your Life
The excessive attention one gets at the hospital can be an adventure for someone who’s going in for something simply like a tonsillectomy or appendectomy. Sure, it’s kind of scary, but the amount of attention you receive can make you feel special. You don’t have to cook or clean, and you can watch TV and sleep as much as you want. But most everyone knows this gets pretty tiresome after about one day. That’s when you want your life back.
At-home care allows you and your loved ones to get back to a more normal life. Instead of going to the hospital, great home healthcare can come to you. Being in a familiar environment and comfortable surroundings also helps many people heal faster.
The Joy of Limited Helpers
We love nurses; we’re nurses ourselves, and every one of us has worked in a hospital in some capacity. Because of this, we know how difficult it can be to connect with patients due to a hospital’s scheduling system. It’s hard to get to know someone when you’re only in their room for minutes at a time.
When you choose Tendercare for our home health services, we’re going to hand-pick the nurse (or nurses) that meets your specific needs. Those nurses are going to be providing the primary in-home care. In doing so, each gets to know the clients extremely well, including interpreting needs even if the client is unable to speak. Because we’re at your home so often, we really get to establish long-lasting relationships.
Going home from the hospital can be a scary time for some people, but home care services can certainly reduce that trepidation. When you’re in need of a home care agency to help you make that transition, contact Tendercare.