If you are searching for care for a broken hip in the Dallas, TX – Fort Worth, TX area, then senior in-home care or home health care from a reputable licensed home health agency, such as Care Mountain, can significantly assist you in regaining and maintaining your independence.
If you have experienced a broken hip, your first step to recovery will involve an orthopedic surgeon such as The Carrell Clinic Dallas, Texas Orthopaedic Associates, Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic Associates of Dallas, Texas Institute For Surgery, Fort Worth Orthopedics, Legacy Orthopedics , Plano Orthopedic, Trinity Orthopedics and then an inpatient stay at a rehabilitation facility such as Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital, Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas, Baylor Scott & White Institute For Rehabilitation, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Plano, Stonemere Rehabilitation Center and Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation in Fort Worth. If you want to significantly improve your chances of regaining and maintaining the highest level of independence, then a highly experienced Dallas area home care caregiver from a top rated Dallas – Fort Worth area 24 hour home care agency will help substantially.
When a senior or elderly person arrives home while recovering from a broken hip, in home modification/adaptions, self confidence and assurance, staying active within healthy limits and being proactive are all important determinants in the level and speed of independence regained and maintained. An experienced caregiver from an in-home care or home health agency can provide critical support in all these areas. There will likely be other support from a physical and/or occupational therapist.
When you first arrive home during your recovery your environment will often need some important adaptions or modifications to accommodate your lower level of independence. An experienced licensed caregiver or other trained personnel from a licensed home care agency can inform you of these needed changes, which will reduce your risk of further injury that will delay your path to regained and sustained independence. You can take comfort in knowing that in my 35 years in this line of work, it has been extremely rare that these needed modifications/adaptions have required significant cost or structural change to the home. In fact, most are often covered under your medical insurance!
One of the biggest deficits I have seen to significantly regaining independence after breaking a hip is in self confidence and a healthy attitude. Almost every elderly person that breaks a hip has heard the story of another person near their age that broke their hip and it was “down hill” from there, which certainly doesn’t inspire a lot of self confidence. This also invokes the fear of further injury and ending up in a nursing home. As a result, many elderly struggle to come up with the will power to do the work needed for improvement and lack the self confidence to engage in the increased activity necessary for increasing independence. The trained home health care aide provides the reassurance of safety an elderly person needs to engage in the activity needed to improve their independence, while often bonding with their client in a way that gives them a reason to do the work needed to improve. Improved confidence in the ability to do more activity for one’s self leads to a healthier attitude which continues this perpetuating cycle.
Regaining your independence after breaking your hip is just half of the journey, the other half is maintaining this enhanced independence. One of the best way to do this is through continued engagement of activity within healthy limits. Your home health care aide serves as an excellent companion in this regards. Many home health agencies, such as Care Mountain, carefully match their caregivers up with a client for this ideal companionship fit. Once you have this ideal fit, we often get calls from family members telling us their parent is now doing more activity than they have seen in a long time. The caregiver can do activity around the house, or take their client out for activity of interest. An experienced caregiver will set up each activity to ensure it remains within their client’s health limits, so they are not injured or reminded of what they don’t want to be reminded of. This certainly helps to enhance that much needed positive attitude during recovery and continued daily living.
Many elderly that break a hip are at a point in their life where they are little more susceptible to other health changes. One of the most grateful phone calls I get from a family member is one of gratitude that the caregiver recognized a health concern in their parent which allowed the family to take action before it became a problem/crisis. This pro-activeness on the part of the home health caregiver certainly helps to maintain that enhanced level of independence for an elderly person.