Recover from a hospital stay in your own home with SYNERGY HomeCare of Rutherford County

SYNERGY HomeCare

1630 NW Broad Street
Suite 201 Murfreesboro TN 37129

(615) 933-6733

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  • Rutherford County
  • Murfreesboro
  • Smyrna
  • College Grove
  • Arrington
  • Eagleville
  • Rockvale

Best Post-Hospital Strategy for Recovery



Try One-On-One Care in Your Own Home

Faster recovery—great for new moms, too
Whether planned or unexpected, surgery or hospitalization means that your body has gone through an experience that requires time to heal. We at SYNERGY HomeCare of Rutherford County can be part of your recovery team. We can smooth the transition from the operating room to the home or from rehab to home to ensure your recovery time is optimal.

Recovering from an illness can be a full-time job. Especially when your doctor tells you to get plenty of rest, but there are simply some things you can’t ignore. Life doesn’t always wait for you to fully recover and if you happen to “overdo it,” your recovery may take longer than expected.

Did You Know?

Having in-home care greatly reduces your chances of re-hospitalization.
The top three reasons seniors are readmitted before 30 days are:
1. A fall
2. Mix-up with medicine
3. Dehydration

Hospitals hope you'll use non-medical home care upon release. Why? Studies indicate that seniors who use in-home care after surgery are 25% less likely to be readmitted to the hospital. Hospitals particularly love that because they are penalized financially for re-admissions. That said, you can be pretty darn certain that doctors will not release you until they're sure you can recover at home, at a long term care facility, rehab, or hotel (barring any unforeseen criteria).


One-On-One Care With Pandemic Safety Protocol

With the pandemic, the safest place to recover is in your own home with caregivers who have gone through a six-step safety protocol before entering someone's home. Additionally, with in-home care, you'll have one-on-one attention instead of having a caregiver who has seven other patients—this alone will help you heal faster and reduce COVID-19 exposure.


What’s the best way to recover at home?

Home care is a great prescription when recovering from an illness or surgery. Having a caregiver allows you to concentrate on regaining your health while your caregiver helps around the house, keeping the household running efficiently. A caregiver can also help in the recovery process by creating healthy meals, timely medication reminders, and setting up follow up health appointments. If you or a loved one are recovering from an illness, you will recover faster when you follow your doctor’s recovery plan.

Home care provides one-on-one care, unlike sharing a caregiver with a half dozen other recuperating patients. And at home, you don’t have to share a bathroom or listen to someone else snore throughout the night.

Our care team members can assist with:

  • Adapting the home environment for safety and independence

  • Collaboration with speech, occupational and physical therapists

  • Providing transportation for follow up medical appointments

  • Meal planning and preparation

  • Reminders for medication regime

  • Enhanced social activity and companionship

  • Light household tasks


We’ve Got It Covered for You

As professional and compassionate caregivers, you can trust your choice of SYNERGY HomeCare to have all the bases covered, especially these, which are the answers to new clients’ most frequently asked questions:

  • Background checks. Caregivers have undergone and passed a national background check.

  • Relevant experience. SYNERGY HomeCare has some caregivers with experience in caring for people struggling with the same illness or condition affecting your loved one.

  • Backup care. If the caregiver is sick or doesn’t work out, we can find a replacement quickly.

  • Communication. We have open communication, provide status reports, and are available 24/7 if you have questions or concerns.

  • Fast upgrades. If the care level or diagnosis changes, we can quickly provide a caregiver with more training.

  • Liability protection. If a caregiver is injured on the job, our insurance covers the cost.


Recovery From Surgery

As they recuperate following surgery, older adults may be uncomfortable and need lots of emotional support as well as help doing simple everyday tasks. We're here to help, with tailored care plans that allow your parent to receive the attentive care they need at an affordable price.

  • Hourly assistance to around-the-clock care

  • Coordination and scheduling with therapists and specialists

  • Medication reminders for treatment and prevention

  • Fall and injury prevention

  • Change in condition alerts

  • Transportation and scheduling of doctors’ appointments

  • Housekeeping, meal preparation, and nutrition

  • Prescription drug pickups

  • Assistance with daily activities

One of five seniors is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their discharge. With a caregiver, seniors recover faster at home and typically are not readmitted to the hospital.

In-home care is more economical than a hospital stay or a rehab facility, plus you get the added bonus of having undivided, one-on-one attention with your caregiver.


How We Can Help With Ortho Rehab

As you, or your child or parent recovers from orthopedic surgery—whether hip implants or a different shoulder, hip or elbow procedure—it’s vitally important that they carefully follow their doctor’s directions for rehabilitation. The exercises for strength and range of motion must be performed on the prescribed schedule to avoid continued weakness or even loss of function.

While our caregivers don’t provide rehab services, we do assist with transportation and scheduling of rehabilitation appointments. Our caregivers also can take your loved one on regular walks if needed for their recovery or offer friendly reminders to do their home rehabilitation exercises.


After-A-Stroke Home Care

Stroke is all-too-common in the elderly, and recovery is an ongoing process. Our stroke caregivers not only have experience and training in caring for stroke patients, but they are fully insured and bonded for your safety. In addition, we offer our clients peace of mind by requiring that caregivers pass national criminal background checks. Here’s a list of services our caregivers provide:

  • Hourly assistance to around-the-clock care

  • Companionship, calming anxiety, stress, and depression common among stroke patients

  • Coordination and scheduling with therapists and specialists

  • Medication reminders for treatment and prevention

  • Fall and injury prevention

  • Change in condition alerts

  • Transportation and scheduling of doctors’ appointments

  • Housekeeping, meal preparation, and nutrition

  • Complimentary medical alarm for continuous monitoring


Easing the Cancer Recovery Process

SYNERGY HomeCare can make all the difference during cancer recovery—from young to old. Our caregivers can keep up with household tasks, communicate with long-distance family members about a loved one's progress, and ensure the highest quality in-home care during nausea, anemia, pain, and other complications. We can create a customized care plan to meet your loved one's needs that includes one or more of the following services:

  • Scheduling, transportation, and companionship for treatments and doctor's appointments

  • Watchful care during recovery from routine treatments

  • Prescription drug pickups

  • Assistance with daily activities

  • Housekeeping, meal preparation, and nutrition

At SYNERGY HomeCare, we have the privilege of bonding with cancer patients and their families as they undergo chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. If this is a prospect you’re facing for yourself, your spouse, child or other loved one, we are ready and willing to provide you and your family with the moral support, encouragement, and physical caregiving you’ll need while battling this cancer.

There are many ways to help ease cancer treatments. With each person our in-home caregivers help, our goal is to give them the least stressful and most comfortable recovery experience, given the unpleasant side effects of common cancer therapy for patients.

From keeping up with household tasks to communicating with long-distance family members about a loved one’s progress, to ensuring the highest quality in-home care during nausea, anemia, pain, infection, and other complications, SYNERGY HomeCare can make all the difference during your cancer recovery.


Care After a Mastectomy

It doesn’t have to be October to think about breast cancer. Each October, we are inundated with new statistics, risk factors, symptoms, and treatments, but everyday breast cancer causes more mastectomies than we can fathom.Rarely do we read about what happens after a mastectomy.  After the shock, the rollercoaster of emotions, and dealing with it head-on, most don’t know what to expect beyond doom and gloom. While everyone’s journey is different, we hope our Reader’s Digest version of after a mastectomy provides a supplemental level of comfort and care. 

Before Surgery, Prepare to Go Home

That may sound like crazy advice, to prepare to go home before your surgery, but think about it. It will take weeks and possibly months to fully heal from a mastectomy. We recommend having in-home care ready to help you when you get home, so there is absolutely nothing that you HAVE to do.  It’s also helpful to have your caregiver be with you when during your discharge from the hospital. This way, your caregiver can ensure you follow the doctor’s instructions, get your medications filled, and ask any questions you may not have thought about or clarify anything the doctor may have said.

What happens after mastectomy surgery?

Someone will take you to your hospital room after recovery. The average hospital stay for a mastectomy is three days or less.  You may be in the hospital longer if you have a mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time.After your surgery, your surgeon or nurse will show you exercises that you can do to prevent arm and shoulder stiffness on the side where you had the mastectomy and help prevent scar tissue formation. It’s an excellent time to ask your surgeon any questions about exercise. It would help if you got written, illustrated instructions on how to do the exercises.
Before leaving the hospital, you will get information about recovering at home. It’s best to have your caregiver with you to learn about your aftercare and what to look for as you heal.
  • Taking pain medication: Most likely, you’ll go home with a prescription for pain medicine. It’s best to get the prescription filled on the way home or have a friend do it for you, so it’s there if needed.

  • Caring for the bandage over your incision: Before leaving the hospital, you’ll get instructions on how to care for your bandage. Most surgeons ask that you not remove the bandage as the doctor will at your first appointment.

  • Caring for a surgical drain: If you have a drain in your breast area or armpit, the doctor or nurse may remove it before leaving the hospital. Sometimes, however, a drain stays inserted until the doctor’s first follow-up visit, usually one to two weeks after surgery. If you’re going home with a drain inserted, you’ll need to empty the fluid from the detachable drain bulb a few times a day. Make sure your surgeon gives you instructions on caring for the drain before you leave the hospital.

  • Stitches and staples: Most surgeons use sutures that dissolve over time, so you don’t have to remove them. If you have surgical staples instead of sutures, the doctor will remove them during the first office visit after surgery.

  • Recognizing signs of infection: Your surgeon should explain how to tell if you have an infection in your incision and when to call the office.

  • Exercising your arm: Continue the exercise routine the surgeon gave you earlier to prevent arm and shoulder stiffness on the side where you had surgery.

  • Recognizing signs of lymphedema: If you have had axillary dissection, you’ll get information on taking care of your arm and being alert to signs of lymphedema.

  • When you can start wearing a prosthesis or resume wearing a bra: You need time to heal before you can wear a prosthesis or bra. Your doctor will help you to determine when that may be.

Going Home

Preparing the home: It’s helpful to have your caregiver prepare meals and even put a few in the freezer to heat up later. Additionally, your caregiver can do laundry and tidy up your home. You’ll be amazed at how helpful it is to have someone making sure everything you need is within easy reach of the bed or couch. Your caregiver can grocery shop, pick up prescriptions, and even drive you to your first doctor visit after surgery, complete with a report to share with your family, if necessary.
Driving home: Have your caregiver drive on the way home because driving after being under anesthesia, not to mention major surgery, is dangerous. As a passenger, the seatbelt may hurt your sensitive chest area, so have your caregiver bring a small pillow to place between your chest and belt.

At-Home Recovery From Mastectomy

It can take a few weeks to recover from mastectomy surgery, and longer if you have had reconstruction. It’s essential to take the time you need to heal. Don’t rush it.

In addition to your surgeon’s instructions, here are some general guidelines to follow at home:

Rest. When you get home from the hospital, you will probably be fatigued from the experience. Allow yourself to get extra rest in the first few weeks after surgery.

Take pain medication as needed. You will probably feel a mixture of numbness and pain around the breast incision and the chest wall (and the armpit incision, if you had axillary dissection). If you feel the need, take pain medication according to your doctor’s instructions. Learn more about managing chest pain, armpit discomfort, and general pain. Take sponge baths until your doctor has removed your drains and sutures. You can take your first shower after the doctor removes your drains and staples. A sponge bath can refresh you until your doctor approves showers or baths. Continue doing arm exercises each day. It’s important to continue doing arm exercises regularly to prevent stiffness and to keep your arm flexible.

Have a caregiver to help around the house. Recovery from a mastectomy can take time. Your caregiver can help with meals, laundry, shopping, and childcare. As your body heals, don’t feel you should take on more than you can handle.

Expect to be emotional. Some days will be better than others. Accept whatever emotions arise, and know that it is normal to feel grief, anger, sadness, and fear after this type of procedure. It is also common to feel happiness and relief as the recovery progresses.

In the months after mastectomy...

Your body will continue to adjust to the effects of the surgery over the next few months. Be sure to continue your arm exercises until your doctor tells you to. Don’t miss a doctor’s appointment.
If you experience fatigue or phantom pain, it’s perfectly normal. Be sure to tell your doctor.
Take care of yourself.

Restful Recuperation and Recovery

Sometimes, just thinking about all the things that you need to do at home when you are released from the hospital can make you tired and depressed. You don’t need to do it alone. Even if you have a family waiting for you at home, they have their lives to live too, so taking care of you can throw a wrench in everyone’s daily lives. Having home care can be the answer for you to have a restful recuperation and recovery time.

Call us and we can discuss your recovery plans. The difference between having help or doing it alone will have a tremendous effect on your health and recovery time. Get back to your life faster and healthier with in-home care.

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