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How Stretching before Bed Can Actually Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Miami FL

Senior CareThere are a lot of benefits to stretching and staying in good shape. For seniors, it’s just as important for them to get exercise on a regular basis as it is for other adults. When you talking about hospital readmission rates and finding ways to reduce them, one commonly overlooked strategy is to stretch before bed.

There are a number of reasons why this can be great for people of all ages, especially seniors. Not only does it help to promote a healthier frame of mind, it also boosts circulation throughout the body.

When circulation is improved it helps to move oxygen to vital organs, including the brain. This allows various muscles, including arms and legs, to become more relaxed, making it easier to fall asleep at night.

What types of stretches are ideal for seniors?

It all depends on the elderly individual, his or her health condition, and the reason they had been hospitalized in the first place. For example, a senior who had major reconstructive surgery on their hip or knee is going to want to avoid any strenuous activity that places pressure on the surgical incisions.

For seniors who may have been hospitalized following a mild heart attack or stroke may be encouraged by their doctor to do various physical exercises, including possibly yoga.

Talk to the doctor.

It’s absolutely important for the senior to sit down and speak to his or her doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, including stretching. They should find out what activities they need to avoid and which ones are optimal for their particular health situation.

It’s also important to pay attention to certain vital statistics, including blood pressure and heart rate to make sure the senior is not putting himself or herself at an increased risk of suffering another heart attack or stroke.

What is a hospital readmission?

The federal government defines a hospital readmission as any time somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge, usually for the same or similar condition that hospitalized them in the first place.

As people get older, the recovery process becomes slower and it may make it difficult for them to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. A restful night sleep is imperative to helping promote a positive recovery. If the senior is having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night, they should consider certain stretching exercises to improve circulation, oxygen flow, and a better night’s sleep.

For more information about how Alternative Home Health Care of Miami Dade County, Inc. can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 305-652-0066

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.