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3 Things to Try When Dad Refuses to Exercise Following His Heart Attack

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Naples FL

Following his recent heart attack, your father spent almost a week in the hospital. By the time he was set to be discharged, his doctor was admonishing him to change his diet, avoid fatty foods, and get more exercise. You didn’t want to see him back in the hospital anytime soon, and his doctor didn’t, either.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Naples FL

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Naples FL

In fact, the hospital is counting on your father to focus on his recovery so they don’t have to admit him in the near future. Hospitals are under increased pressure from the federal government to reduce readmission rates. As a result, they are offering more information and support services to those dealing with their recovery at home.

One of the things your father is expected to do is get exercise.

You didn’t think that was a good idea, especially considering the fact he just had a heart attack. Yet, the reality is this: the heart is a muscle. Just like every other muscle in the body, it needs exercise to stay in peak condition. His heart needs to get stronger.

The only way to get stronger is to take part in exercises. Increasing heart rate for at least 15 minutes every day is an invaluable way to help improve health and recovery for those who were recently admitted following a heart attack.

If your father is refusing exercise, there could be a number of reasons for it. Here are three things you might want to try that may convince him to pick up the pace for his recovery and do what’s necessary to get healthy once again.

1. Talk about goals.

Your father had goals in life. He probably had goals for his retirement. Whether he’s in his 70s, 80s, or 90s, he should still have goals. Goals are what keep us motivated to work through the challenging times we face.

Talk about his goals. This can remind him he still has some life left to live. Motivation is a powerful force for most people.

2. Exercise with him.

If you have the time, why not exercise together? A lot of people have a tendency to go to the gym by themselves and exercise, but when people are lacking motivation, having somebody else doing those exercises with them can get them inspired and that could help your father, too.

3. Be supportive.

Your father just might need to feel like you and other people around him care. You can tell him until you’re blue in the face but nothing beats showing how much you care directly.

How can you show you care? Spend quality time with. Talk to him. Have conversations. And, most importantly, listen. Believe it or not, listening is one of the most underused skills of conversation. By listening, you may discover hidden motivations that can also inspire him to exercise and get healthy once again.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Naples, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.

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Ted Wolfendale, Esq.

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.

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