Betty was struggling with her recovery. She had been hospitalized about a week ago following a heart attack. She never expected she would be the victim of a heart attack, but then it happened, the tightness in her chest, the tingling in the arm, the difficulty breathing, and other basic symptoms. Fortunately for Betty she was able to call emergency services, which very likely saved her life.
She was just discharged from the hospital and her family were her main support system. Her oldest daughter lived in town and was helping her do some shopping, clean the house, prepare meals, and a host of other things.
After a while, though, her daughter had to return to her life.
Her daughter had a full-time job, was raising children of her own, and had other responsibilities. She couldn’t devote every waking minute to looking after her mother. When Betty’s daughter returned to work, they never sat down to talk about home care as an option. Her daughter figured she would just stop by every few days to check in on her mother, make sure everything was okay, and was only a phone call away if something was necessary.
Betty didn’t want to bother her daughter.
She didn’t want to become the proverbial burden on her daughter. As such, Betty took a different approach; she started struggling without mentioning anything. She was having difficulty doing the laundry, had given up the exercise regimen her doctor recommended for her, and was even becoming confused with some of the medications she was advised to take.
Betty’s daughter started noticing problems arising within a few weeks, but by then it was too late. She had a medical emergency that forced her to be readmitted to the hospital.
This could have been avoided.
What Betty, her daughter, and other family members needed to consider right away was the value in relying on home care support. Just because Betty felt okay didn’t mean she was going to be able to get back to her normal routine right away. Her daughter wanted to be there for her and certainly did a lot, but as she had to return to her job and other responsibilities, that left Betty to struggle to find a way to do some of these things she used to take for granted.
Hiring a home care aide would have been one of the better options to consider because the more experience a caregiver has, the more beneficial it can be for those working through recovery.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Jupiter, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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