Find out Why Home Care was the Best Decision after Dad’s Surgery

How Home Care Services in Ada, MI Helped after Major Surgery

When I found out that my father had bladder cancer, it kind of took by surprise. I haven’t talked to my father very much in recent years, as we had a strained relationship, but I had been reaching out to him more and more and then this news hit home. He was living alone and was going to require major surgery. I had offered assistance, but living more than an hour away, I was going to be limited in what I could do for him.Home Care Ada MI

Somebody mentioned the prospect of hiring home care services to help out. I didn’t know the first thing about in-home health care services, so I set out to learn as much as I could about it before approaching my father with this information. I learned that various home care agencies, especially in-home health care services could provide visiting nursing care for him. This would be essential for a variety of reasons after his surgery.

He was going to have his entire bladder removed, along with part of his large intestine and lymph nodes. The recovery time, according to the doctors, was going to be at least three months, but they had good reason to expect that he would make a full recovery, as long as he had the right level of support and assistance at home.

I was also told by the home care agency that they can provide physical therapy as well. This would be important as he would spend a significant amount of time in bed resting, so he would also need to get some level of exercise to help in his recovery.

As long as the exercise he gets was in line with what the doctors wanted him to get, I figured that would be okay. The home care agency I contacted explained that they would follow all doctor’s orders and adhere to my father’s wishes with regard to the level of care and assistance that he received.

With this information, I spoke to my father about this and he expressed genuine interest in having this level of support at home for the months following the surgery.

As an update, the surgery went well and the doctor expects that he will make a full recovery. They don’t believe that the cancer spread anywhere else, so he should be free of that. Home care services has been an incredible support for him and they have been a great relief for me.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Ada, MI, contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.