There are so many things that can impact recovery for seniors and others after a hospitalization. The main goal should be helping to maximize the chances of making a full recovery for that elderly individual, which would ultimately reduce the risk of a readmission.
A hospital readmission is technically any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. What a person eats and what they have on hand at home can tell a lot about the chances of their recovery.
Here are some things to look at when concerned about an elderly or disabled loved one may have recently been hospitalized and has since been discharged and sent home.
Unhealthy foods, fatty foods, and other items that are not particularly healthy may fill up the refrigerator. If there’s nothing of any real nutritional value, such as fruits and vegetables, and more, it’s time to sit down and talk about this potential problem.
If a person is not getting proper nutrition in their daily diet, their body isn’t being given the optimal chance to recover as well as it could.
Nothing to eat.
If there’s nothing to eat for the senior in the refrigerator, how could they possibly get any energy or proper nutrition? The elderly person might not have the ability to get to the store. Some may not even be aware that there’s nothing to eat in the refrigerator.
It’s also a good idea to pay attention to expiration dates. If food has expired, it’s not going to be healthy and can actually cause more serious health issues that lead them right back to the hospital.
Processed or frozen meals are extremely convenient, but they’re extremely unhealthy. They can be high in fat and cholesterol, extremely low in nutritional value, and they may not even taste very good. Some people enjoy the flavor of some processed frozen meals, but that doesn’t mean it’s offering any other benefit beside that.
What can be done about the situation?
The senior or some other individual who may be struggling to take care of themselves properly following a hospitalization should be encouraged to look at home care support services. When they consider hiring a home care aide, there would be somebody to help them shop, determine what foods may be best, and even help them prepare meals that are healthy, tasty, and offer great nutritional value. That will go a long way toward avoiding a hospital readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Naples, FL, contact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.
Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.
Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.
Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.
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