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5 Things to Remember This Winter for Someone Recovering from Pneumonia

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Palm Beach FL

Getting over pneumonia is challenging enough for young, healthy adults, but for a senior it can be lengthy and exhausting. More often than not when an elderly individual contracts pneumonia, it will lead to a hospitalization.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Palm Beach FL

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Palm Beach FL

After a series of tests, administering medications, and determining that they’re on the right road to recovery, they will eventually be discharged and sent home. The pneumonia isn’t gone yet; the senior still needs to pay attention to the details about their recovery to avoid a potential readmission.

Here are five things people need to keep in mind when it comes to pneumonia recovery, especially during the winter.

1. They need rest.

Yes, there are plenty of things that need to get done throughout the day, but the senior also needs adequate rest. If they don’t rest, they will be limiting their body’s immune system and giving the pneumonia virus or bacteria a chance to take hold again, which could make it a serious, life-threatening situation quickly.

2. They need to stay warm.

If a person isn’t warm enough during winter, their body will shiver. This is a natural way for the body to try and maintain ideal core temperature. The more they shiver, the more energy they’re using. As a result, it’s going to impact their body’s immune system, making it more difficult to fight off pneumonia.

3. They need to keep hydrated.

In the summer, when it’s hot outside, we often drink more because we get thirsty more frequently. During the winter, with the heating system on, we are also becoming dehydrated, but we don’t feel it as powerfully simply because we’re not overheated.

A person should be drinking at least eight glasses of water every day. When recovering from pneumonia, staying properly hydrated is essential.

4. They’re not better once they’re discharged.

A person isn’t over pneumonia just because they were discharged from the hospital. It’s a process and will take more time. If they assume they’re completely healthy, the risk of a readmission to the hospital because the pneumonia came back stronger than ever increases.

5. Home care support may be necessary.

If the senior can’t take care of certain things around the house on their own, an aide from a home care agency would be a better option than leaving them to struggle alone.

When it comes to pneumonia, the recovery can take weeks or even months in some cases. A person can get antsy in that length of time. They certainly shouldn’t and will have to if they can rely on an experienced home care aide to help out.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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