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Emotional First Aid Can Be Just as Important as Proper Care

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Boca Raton FL

Facing a long recovery can be extremely difficult for a lot of people. When a person is in their 70s or 80s and has been hospitalized, they could easily feel like the best years of their life are now well behind them and they may never recover. No matter what the doctor says with regard to expectations for recovery, they may feel dejected and that can lead to an even longer road to recovery.

While some people don’t even consider the prospect of a hospital readmission (which essentially means being readmitted within 30 days of discharge), it’s important to think about the recovery process itself.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Boca Raton FL

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Boca Raton FL

There are many aspects to recovery. 

There’s first and foremost the physical aspect to recovery. If a person has to go through physical therapy, take certain medications, rest or get exercise, or any combination of those, it’s all designed to help their body recover.

Some people may be expected to return to the things they were doing prior to their medical emergency. Others may not. For example, a person who had a stroke may lose mobility or the use of one side of their body. Somebody who had a heart attack may be expected to get back to their full activity level and healthy way of life within a few months.

As the recovery process drags on, it can be depressing for some. They may not see the benefits or results of their efforts. They may be working with a physical therapist or other caregivers day after day after day and not see any improvement in their physical capability or overall health.

They might reach a point where they give up. They might think to themselves, ‘What’s the point?’ It’s at those moments where emotional first aid can be just as important as setting up proper home care support as soon as the individual is discharged and sent home.

What is emotional first aid? 

It’s having someone to talk to. Many family members, friends, and others might have a tendency to become absorbed in daily tasks. They might try to tell the senior to get exercising, watch what they eat, follow doctor’s orders, etc. The senior might be trying to tell him something or express his or her feelings and no one’s listening.

By sitting down and listening to what the person has to say, it can shed light on the challenges or frustrations they’re facing. It can also provide an opportunity to help boost their spirits and keep them encouraged into the future.

Yes, physical support is absolutely necessary to encourage a positive recovery, but emotional first aid may be just as important.

If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

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Liza Erazo

Administrator at Star Multi Care Florida
Liza Erazo has recently joined the Star Multi Care team as Administrator of the Florida branch.She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transferred to Florida in 1996 to continue her healthcare career culminating a 10-year track in the cut-throat, New York Business Development market.

She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.

Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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