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When Physical Therapy is Ordered, Do It and Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Hernando Beach FL

October is National Physical Therapy Month and when seniors have been hospitalized and their doctor is prescribing physical therapy, it’s important that they follow through. It may seem Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-Hernando-Beach-FLunnecessary to some seniors to even take part in physical therapy, especially if they will no longer be able to do some of the things they used to enjoy once the recovery is complete, but it’s part of the process and if they skip certain aspects of recovery, it can have a direct and negative impact on it. It can also lead to an increase in hospital readmission rates in the future.

While most people are not focused on finding ways to reduce hospital readmission rates, they are focused on recovery. It is essentially the same process but with different focal points. Hospitals are under increased pressure from the federal government to reduce these readmission rates to save money for Medicare and Medicaid. Seniors and others who have been hospitalized are focused on recovery to return to the same level of physical activity they used to enjoy before the medical emergency.

So for an elderly individual who has been told they might never play golf again, will likely never drive again, or do a number of activities that used to be important to them, it can be difficult to see the value in something like physical therapy.

Explaining value.

Just because somebody may not be able to do various things they used to enjoy doesn’t mean life has to come to an end for them. There are so many things to value and enjoy in life that when a person begins sitting around feeling sorry for themselves day after day, night after night, it can increase the risk of depression and even withdrawing from other activities they may still be able to do.

Taking part in physical therapy, getting exercise, and strengthening the muscles that they can still use will help them immensely in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

There is a reason why physical therapy is so integral in the recovery process. Doctors recognize how much better people do when they follow through on physical therapy as opposed to those who skip it, assuming it won’t make any difference. This month, anyone who has an elderly loved one in the hospital should encourage them to follow through with their physical therapy and anything else the doctor prescribes to maximize the chances of making as full of a recovery as possible, given their particular health situation.

The staff at Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care provides quality and affordable home care services in Hernando Beach, FL and the surrounding areas. Call (352) 289-0450 for more information.

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TJ Hedick

TJ Hedick is the owner and director of "Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care" located on Florida's Nature coast. With a family lineage that stretches out over four generations here in Hernando County, TJ is extremely passionate about his local community with an emphasis on the senior population."I don't know, maybe it was the way I was raised, but I have so much admiration and respect for seniors in our community." Hedick said. Only leaving the area briefly to study business management and marketing Hedick later returned home to the business community. He added, "I always knew I would find a way to enrich peoples lives and that this would be my calling. I started to focus in on the senior community and decided that the people I would serve through my business endeavors would be the same senior community that taught me so much and instilled such great values in me throughout my youth." Hedick opened Acti-Kare as a way to give seniors the help and care they needed to remain independent and safe in their own homes as long as possible. Another cause close to his heart is the pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia, and until there is a cure the proper care for those who suffer from this disease. "Dementia has affected my family and a very personal way." He continued. Through his company, Acti-Kare, and his personal efforts, Hedick looks forward to be major contributor for senior causes for years to come.