After having a major operation or facing being confined to bed after surgery, you may question whether in-home care is needed or wanted. At times, your health may be in a delicate balance, but with a little work and a healthy amount of patience, you may find coping is not as difficult as you thought. Having an in-home caregiver during this time makes the process simpler, easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
Being confined to bed is no picnic, and not being able to go out and do the things you enjoy often causes emotional distress. In fact, it can be depressing to be immobile, dependent and sometimes alone. During these times, it's important you surround yourself with people who love you and who you love. Consistent caregivers often begin to fill that role as you and they forge a relationship. Having someone in the home can help you overcome negative emotions, like depression, and take your mind off of your current circumstances.
An in-home caregiver can also help change bed linens, prevent bed sores and help get through physical therapy. One way of dealing with being bedridden recommended by psychologists is to keep your mind occupied. Engaging in social interactions as much as possible and taking up a hobby are two ways to help reduce your emotional distress. An in-home caregiver can fill both roles as they can do short errands to provide you with the supplies you need for your hobby, and also provide you with social interaction.
An in-home caregiver can also help set you up with social media connections so you are connected with other individuals even when no one's home. Another aspect of social media is the ability to plan for the future, such as making a vision board on Pinterest. This is where you can find things you like to do or places you'd like to visit. Adding fitness goals, fresh hairstyles or dream travel destinations is a little bit like window shopping.
Caring for someone unable to get out of bed can be difficult and a challenge. It requires a great deal of patience, understanding, and compassion. While you may have great love and compassion for your loved one, you'll need a break as doing this type of care 24/7 can be overwhelming to you, both physically and mentally.
Hiring an in-home caregiver gives you the opportunity to provide everything your loved one needs while making arrangements to take care of yourself. When you don't pay attention to your own mental and physical health, you'll be unable to be there when your loved one truly needs you.
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At Harmony, we pride ourselves in helping you create the best environment at home for yourself and your loved one, no matter the situation. Contact us today so we can help you develop a family-centered plan of care.