If your loved one who is utilizing home health care is living with you and you have school-aged kids in the house, back to school can be a difficult time to adjust to. It’s already a challenge for parents and kids, but when you add in a loved one who is in need of consistent medical care at home, it can be challenging.
A changing routine for the people around them may mean a changing routine for your loved one who is in need of medical treatment. Here are some healthy ways to deal with the routine change and make sure everyone has what they need during this time of transition.
- Communicate: Make sure that everyone in the house knows what the new routine is and how it will affect timing. If your child will be home later than usual, let your ailing loved one know that. If there is normally someone home during a home health care visit and now there will not be, let your medical professional know this. The more you communicate, the greater the chance that things will go smoothly.
- Plan: A concrete plan of care and management is important to put in place. With a lot of people coming and going at different times the current plan you have may get thrown out of whack. A good review of your plan and clear direction for all family members is essential.
- Be Flexible: All the planning in the world is great, but you also need to be flexible with changes in schedule. Your son or daughter may have an after school activity one day that pops up and you need to be able to have flexibility to take care of them and also make sure your loved one at home is taken care of in a timely manner.
Our knowledgable and experienced medical professionals can be a valuable resource in navigating this change in routine and making sure that your loved ones care is solid throughout the transition and moving forward. If you have children who are headed back to school and that will mean a significant change in schedule, we will want to keep the lines of communication open to make it as smooth a transition as possible.