Providing Care For Your Spouse While They Recover From A Bout Of Pneumonia

If your spouse is recovering from a bout of pneumonia and has recently been released from the hospital, you may be concerned about nursing them back to health and ensuring that they are following their doctor's orders each day. If you are going to be away from your home at regular intervals, the following tips will assist with providing care for your loved one when you are not able to:

Hire A Home Health Aide

Speak to a few home healthcare agencies and describe your spouse's condition, the orders that their doctor wants them to follow, any underlying health problems, and the days of the week that you would need a health aide to come to your home. Set up appointments to meet with several health aides at your home and show each one around and introduce them to your spouse.

After speaking candidly with the health aides, make a decision concerning the caregiver who you and your loved one feel most confident about completing the job duties that you have described. While away from home, give yourself peace of mind by contacting the health aide at random times to check on your spouse's condition.

Prepare Meals And Medicine

Prepare meals, such as sandwiches, soups, and salads, and place them in food storage containers that have matching lids. Label the outside of each container with information about the food that is inside of the storage device and the date that the food was prepared.

Purchase a medicine dispenser that has individual compartments that are large enough to hold the medicine that your spouse is required to take each day. When the health aide arrives at your home, provide them with information about the food and medicine. By having necessities readily available, an aide will be able to handle your spouse's dietary and medicinal needs without delay.

Purchase An Alert System And Make A List 

An alert system is a device that is programmed to contact emergency responders when activated. Many devices are lightweight and attached to a necklace or keychain. After purchasing a system, give it to your spouse and ask that they keep it by them at all times. If your loved one falls, has difficulty breathing, or experiences another health crisis, they can receive help within minutes after pressing the button that is on their device.

To further protect your partner, write a list of close contacts and their phones numbers, as well as information about any allergies or chronic health issues that your spouse has. If your spouse requires assistance from a team of emergency responders and you or the home health aide are not available to answer questions, the list that you prepared will inform the people who are providing the aid that your partner needs.