Most elderly adults need to have surgery for health issues, often several times over the years. Whether it’s a simple surgery for varicose veins or cataracts, or something more serious, like a hip replacement, recovery from surgery can take a long time for the elderly. No matter how independent an aging adult was before the surgery, they are going to be dependent on outside help in the weeks that follow. Hiring home care providers allows seniors to recover at home in a comfortable, safe and caring environment.
Post-Surgery Seniors Need Support
It’s hard enough to recover from surgery as a younger adult, but seniors often face an uphill battle when it comes to healing. The simple facts are that the body slows down with age, bringing on many challenges after surgery. Wounds don’t heal as quickly in seniors, nor is their immune system as strong when it comes to resisting infection. They are often weaker and more tired after surgery than younger adults because seniors are often dealing with more than one chronic health condition.
Of course, family caregivers need to focus on all the health and safety conditions that seniors need in the weeks and months of their recovery. Depending on the surgery, elderly adults may be completely dependent on outside help. They may not be able to walk, stand or shower without assistance. Meal preparation and housekeeping could suddenly be beyond their ability. Post-surgery seniors need support, and in-home care providers may be the answer.
Post-Op Seniors Benefit from In-Home Care Providers
Hiring in-home care providers for an elderly adult in the days after the surgery can mean the difference between an average recovery time and one that is prolonged from fatigue, stress, and frustration. Of course, family caregivers will spend as much time as they can with their aging loved one after surgery. However, the demands on their time from children, spouse, job and other responsibilities often leaves elderly adults alone and without help. A home care provider is always going to be there when the aging adult needs support.
Home care providers can help elderly adults with all kinds of daily tasks as they focus on recovering from surgery. They can do light housework, laundry and prepare meals. In addition, they can help seniors more around the house, help them bathe and dress, remind them about taking medicine and be a companion when they are lonely. Home care providers are an extremely valuable part of the elderly person’s support group in facilitating recovery.
As time passes and the elderly adult is moving toward recovery, the home care provider can adjust their schedule and their responsibilities to suit the senior’s needs. Family caregivers can also enjoy peace of mind knowing that their elderly loved one is recovering under the supervision of a professional in-home care provider.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elder Care in Zionsville, IN, please call the caring staff at Home Services Unlimited. Serving Greater Indianapolis Area. Call for Immediate Info & Assistance: (317) 471-0760
As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.