Jerry was advised by his doctor, following a heart attack, that he needed proper support and care at home. He had been living alone for quite some time and even though he had some family in the area, he was figuring he could just rely on his friends and maybe his neighbor for some help when necessary.
Jerry did not consider home care options.
Even though his doctor recommended having a visiting nurse stop by every couple of days to check his heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital statistics, he never looked into it more seriously than that. He just didn’t want a complete stranger stopping by to help him with things he could basically do on his own.
Jerry called on his family first.
He had a daughter, in her 30s, who was married, raising children of her own, but who lives in the same town. He had a relatively decent relationship with her, and she had visited him several times while he was still in the hospital. Even though she had encouraged him to look into home care options, she was still going to be there for him when he was discharged and sent home.
He began calling on her more and more frequently.
Even though he didn’t want to, at least not at first, Jerry felt like he had no other option when he began struggling with some of the things that needed to get done. He was weak. He wasn’t working with a physical therapist. He had no clue what really needed to get done around the house.
It started to strain his relationship.
He didn’t want this to impact his relationship with his daughter or anyone else, and about five weeks after discharge from the hospital, Jerry finally stepped up to learn more about home care options. He ultimately hired a series of caregivers for various times during the day and throughout the week. He also took his doctor’s advice and began working with a physical therapist to begin regaining strength, not just in his legs, but his heart as well.
He hired through an agency because they had experienced caregivers ready to step up and help him at a moment’s notice. Jerry realized that the right home care support should have begun right away, and it should always include experienced caregivers.
Within a few weeks he began to feel different. He had more energy, more strength, and more stamina and it made a world of difference for his overall recovery.