Recovering from pneumonia can be a difficult challenge, especially as people get older. Pneumonia can be extremely dangerous for people of all ages, but especially for seniors as well as infants. That’s because these age groups have compromised immune systems. The older a person is, the more difficult it becomes for their body to fight off infections.
Getting proper pneumonia care at home is absolutely crucial for somebody following a hospitalization due to pneumonia. There are plenty of reasons why the right support and care is absolutely crucial to the recovery process.
First, it helps them avoid a relapse.
If a person doesn’t take care of himself or herself properly following a hospitalization due to pneumonia, they run the risk of the virus coming back, possibly even stronger than before. Far too often, though, a person will feel completely normal, or at least exceedingly better when they’re discharged than when they were admitted.
They may assume it’s just like the flu; it will only take a little bit longer to completely leave the system. The major problem with that mindset is pneumonia can come back, possibly even stronger than ever, when a person doesn’t rest adequately following their discharge.
Second, it helps them stay focused.
It’s easy to become distracted by all of the noise in life, including the things that seem so important to get done right away. With proper pneumonia care at home, a family member or home care aide may be necessary to help him or her through the recovery process.
That allows them to focus on their health, their energy level, getting adequate rest, sleeping properly, eating healthy, and more. When the senior can stay focused on recovery, it dramatically increases the chances they will overcome this very serious illness and avoid a hospital readmission.
Third, it helps to make sure they don’t overdo it.
As mentioned in the first point, when a person is discharged from the hospital following a bout with pneumonia, the virus or bacteria hasn’t completely left their body just yet. If they don’t rest, if they overdo it with physical exertion, they weaken their immune system even more, giving the virus or bacteria another opportunity to regain traction.
At that point, the antibiotics that were used the first time around may no longer be effective, and it could lead to another hospitalization and even more dire consequences.
Any senior who has been hospitalized with pneumonia should take heed to follow his or her doctor’s instructions closely to make sure a relapse and readmission doesn’t occur.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Palm Beach, 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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