When Bill slipped in the shower and broke his ankle. He was sure that he was done for! He was terrified he wouldn't be able to go home again. Living in his own home was so important to him! But, as much as he hated to admit it, he didn't think he could take care of himself in this state. It was incredibly discouraging.
As he stewed in his thoughts in his hospital bed, a nurse came to talk to him about making plans to leave the hospital. They talked about what he wanted – to go home – and what he would need to be able to make it happen safely and realistically.
Bill felt a flood of relief. He hadn’t realized that there was a way for him to stay in his own home – he could hire home care aides! They would work perfectly in his situation! The thought cheered him up immensely.
The nurse explained that at first, when he needed a lot of help, the home care aides could be there around the clock. As he recovered, he could start cutting back so they weren't there all the time, but could still support him during key points when he needed them.
Bill was fully on board with the plan, and it worked perfectly! With support from home care, Bill recovered nicely in his own home. He started with 24 hour support. The home care aides were a big help to Bill with getting in and out of the wheelchair, and on to the toilet. They helped him shower and get dressed with his cast. They took care of the cooking and cleaning. They even were able to help Bill into the car and drive him to his doctor’s appointments.
Bill was really feeling good about the situation. When it was time to decrease the hours of home care support, he carefully considered where it would make the most sense to cut back. He didn’t need much help during the night, but he definitely could use assistance in the morning and at bedtime. He called the home care agency and arranged for the aides to start coming each morning from 6:00 to noon, and then again in the afternoon 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
In the morning, the aide helped him get up, get showered, dressed and going for the day. She cooked breakfast and tidied up the place. They had some extra time after breakfast, and they started to use it to go for a stroll through the neighborhood. It felt good to Bill to get out of the house a bit. When they got home, she would prepare lunch for him and tidy up the kitchen before she left.
Bill was on his own from noon until 4:00. He found he missed the companionship the home care aides offered, simply by being around. But he was able to take a nap, and take care of some of his paperwork during this time, and before he knew it, 4:00 rolled around.
When the evening aide came in, she made dinner for him, and later, helped him get ready for bed. He enjoyed the companionship and found that, even after recovering from his ankle injury, he wanted to keep the home care aides around a little bit each day to keep him feeling his best.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Arvada, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.