When a family member has been hospitalized, you want to do anything you can to help them avoid a readmission. A hospital readmission, technically speaking, is anytime somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. For an elderly individual, the risk of readmission may increase due to age, health issues, and other factors.
Still, there are plenty of things you can do to help reduce the risk of this type of situation and encourage that senior in your life to get back to some semblance of normalcy as quickly as possible.
Below are four tips that can help make a world of difference to an aging individual who may be having difficulty with their recovery.
Tip #1: Make sure they understand expectations.
The senior may assume they won’t be able to play golf again, go spend time with their friends, drive once more, or do the things they used to take for granted. If their doctor’s expectations are high, it’s important that they understand this.
They may have been paying scant attention to their doctor before discharge and simply assumed because of the way they feel that things are never going to be the same again. Sit down and ask about their own expectations and measure it against what the doctor had said.
Tip #2: Get proper support.
Nothing is better than relying on an experienced home care aide for those elderly and disabled individuals following a hospitalization. Sure, family members are a great asset, but unless those family members have prior experience assisting seniors and others with their recovery, they may offer bad advice or provide potential missed opportunities.
Tip #3: Consider home care services.
The best thing anyone can do when a loved one has difficulty with their own basic care or is going through a potentially lengthy recovery is to rely on home care support. An experienced home care aide will increase the chances of recovery tremendously, especially in comparison to family members who have never done this type of work before.
Tip #4: Exercise with them.
If the senior’s doctor has recommended exercise daily to help them regain strength, strengthen the heart, and for other health benefits, they may be unmotivated. When you or other family members and friends are willing to step up, exercise with them, and help them stay motivated, that can give them just the incentive they need to get past the difficult moments of this recovery and avoid a readmission.
If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Deerfield Beach, 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.
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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