Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Delray Beach FL
Following a hospital stay, Janice was facing a relatively long recovery process. At 72, she didn’t know what to expect, and though her doctor was tempered in her enthusiasm with regard to the recovery, there was still hope she would be able to get back to her normal way of life.
Janice had no illusions of being able to run a marathon or do some of those activities she used to enjoy. After all, the stroke was relatively significant, yet her doctor expected she might be able to regain some mobility in the left side of her body.
She was hopeful because she was going to have the best support system possible. She had family and friends in the area willing to stop by and help her with many tasks, and she agreed to a hire home care aide, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and visiting nurse to make sure her recovery stayed on track.
In the first couple of days when she was home, she had incontinence issues. Her adult daughter was the first one to arrive in the morning and seemed to be going on and on about it, claiming that it was no big deal, making lighthearted jokes about it, and more.
Her adult daughter was trying to be supportive, but she was actually making it a much bigger deal than it should have been.
The best thing to do.
When a senior is dealing with incontinence and has an accident, the best thing anyone can do, from family member, friend, to experienced home care aide is to simply help the senior clean up, change the sheets, help them get undressed and washed off before getting dressed again, and not mentioning it at all.
By trying to make light of the situation with little jokes and even saying it’s no big deal, it’s actually drawing more attention to it.
Janice was apologetic beyond belief. She kept saying how sorry she was, how she was so embarrassed, and how she couldn’t believe this happened. Incontinence is beyond a person’s control.
If her daughter had simply gone about helping to clean it up and possibly saying, “It’s really no big deal,” once and been done with it, Janice would have felt that same exact way. It really is no big deal.
It’s one of the reasons why an experienced home care aide may be the best option for any senior who has been hospitalized and is being discharged to recover at home. Not only can they provide more comfort with those intimate matters, that experience may help to reduce potential hospital readmission rates in the future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Delray Beach, FL please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620
I am originally from Connecticut and grew up in the small town of Ellington.I have a diverse background in health care which I started at the age of 16.I became an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and volunteered with the Ellington Ambulance Post 512. Ellington was the only volunteer ambulance group that staffed EMS calls with high school students during the day with an advisor driver.I then became a member of the Ellington Fire Department Station 43 in 1990 and became fire fighter 1 certified in 1992. During my nine years as a volunteer fire fighter I obtained certifications in confined space rescue, cold water rescue, pre hospital trauma life support certifications to list a few.I had the opportunity to work on an Advanced Life Support Ambulance with American Medical Response based out of Stafford Springs, and also became an EMS certified Dispatcher for the same company.
I became a Florida resident in 2003 where I started my senior services career at an Assisted Living community in 2004/2005.Since then I have volunteered on the Alzheimer’s Association walk committee’s and have assisted with other charities in the community. I have been married since 2007 and we were blessed with our first daughter in 2008 and our second daughter in 2010.Our girls keep us quite busy with after school activities which includes gymnastics and softball. I enjoy fishing, free diving, watching football, and playing softball. I also enjoy camping and lots of family time making lasting memories with my girls.
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