Transitioning to home care after living in an institution for the disabled

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After you've had a serious operation it's quite common to be yearning to get back to your own bed to rest and recuperate. Hospitals, while filled with caring medical professionals, can be loud and uncomfortable. If you are wanting to get home sooner it can be a good idea to organise home health care to help care for your physical needs and monitor your condition. It's a good way to start getting back to your own environment where you feel more comfortable and relaxed. This blog has tips for family members who are trying to organise home health care for their relatives after surgery.

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Transitioning to home care after living in an institution for the disabled

12 September 2017
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In the past it was often considered standard that people with a severe disability would live in an institutional setting. However many people prefer to live independently and can often manage this successfully with in home care from a trained disability carer. 

Here are some ways that a disability carer can help to make the transition easier. 

Helping with the move

One of the first steps is to get person with a disability all moved in. While that may not seem like much of a job, particularly if the person with a disability has been living in one room at an instiutions, there may be a lot of work in getting the new home set up and taking the person with a disability on trips to the shopping centre to help them to pick up items they may not have owned, including kitchen supplies or extra cleaning goods. Having someone to help can make the move seem much more doable. 

Helping with meal planning

If the person with a disability has been in a setting, where someone else has done most of the meal planning, it can be hard to know exactly what to buy to cook each week. It can be useful to have an experienced carer work with you to plan a meal list and work out the ingredients that you will need. They can also take you shopping and help with meal preparation so that you can have tasty meals. This is more affordable than opting for takeaway and can help to optimise your overall health. 

Helping with ongoing personal and home cleaning

It's often hard to gauge exactly how much time goes into cleaning a home, but it can be a lot of work for someone who is not used to independent leaving. Even personal hygiene can take a lot more time and effort than a person may expect at first, if it has previously been performed by nurses and carers in a institutional setting. It can be very useful to have a carer help to write a list of a daily tasks that need to be performed independently as well as tasks that the carer will perform.

In many cases the cases disabled people have variations in the extent and capacity of their disability. Having a carer helping them to plan the tasks associated with moving out and living out if home can be a useful way to help disabled people manage a transition to independent living and in home carer after living in an institution.