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 unnecessary 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.
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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