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How to Make Sure Your Elderly Loved One Has a Safe Hospital Visit

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on October 5, 2015

Though hospitals tend to be safe spaces offering a decreased chance of anything bad happening to your loved one, the possibility for some sort of accident still exists. The best way to prevent an unsafe hospital experience is to be prepared for anything that may come. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Phoenix senior care, offers these tips for ensuring a safe hospital visit for your senior loved one.

Keep Medical Information Handy

It can be a challenge to remember all of your loved one’s medications, allergies, and health conditions during the stress of a medical emergency. Especially in an emergency situation, your loved one may not even be visiting his or her regular hospital. Keep an updated list of his or her pertinent medical information in an easy-to-access location. There are medical information toolkits available online to help gather and organize information.

Inform Hospital Staff of Behavioral Issues

If your loved one has dementia, for instance, be sure to let nurses and other hospital staff know about his or her unique behavior. This can include things such as meal preferences, communication strategies, and agitation triggers. You should also let the hospital staff know about any safety concerns such as wandering and frequent falls. The hospital can use bed alarms and other devices to help keep your loved one safe.

Be Present

A hospital visit can be very disorienting for your loved one, but your familiar presence can be reassuring and help keep him or her calm. You may find you have to provide frequent reminders about what is happening to ease your loved one’s confusion.

Facilitate Communication

The disorientation caused by an unfamiliar environment, illness, or medication can make it difficult for your loved one to communicate properly and the stress of answering questions from the hospital staff can lead to anger outbursts. You should be prepared to fill in the communication gap between your loved one and hospital staff if need be.

Arrange for Around-the-Clock Supervision

Seniors, especially those with dementia, are at increased risk for falls and other injuries while in the hospital. Nurses and aides do everything possible to keep your loved one safe. Unfortunately, they are unable to be with your loved one 24/7. Try to work out a schedule with family and friends, or hire a part-time caregiver in Phoenix so someone can be with your loved one at all times.

Much like you want your loved one to stay out of harm’s way when visiting the hospital, you especially hope he or she will remain safe at home. One of the best ways to ensure that is by hiring a professional in-home caregiver. Turn to Home Care Assistance for trusted live-in or part-time care in Phoenix. Our caregivers can assist your loved one with a wide array of daily tasks while he or she comfortably ages in place. All of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees, and you won’t be asked to sign any long-term contracts. For more information, call a Care Manager at 602.388.1085 to schedule a free in-home consultation.