Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like nothing was working out, that it was extremely difficult just crawling out of bed, and all you want to do is sit down or simply get back into bed and pull the covers up and go back to sleep? Most of us have experienced that from time to time, and it can affect people in many different ways. When an elderly person is recovering from some major medical emergency, surgery, or injuries, that low energy could be the result of many factors and it can impact recovery.
Why do we need to worry about readmission rates?
The cost of a hospital readmission could be significant. While there are deductibles and even maximum expenses that a person would have to pay for medical treatment, most of us don’t think twice about readmission because we assume everything’s going to be covered.
For a hospital, a readmission could be a costly fine because of increased pressure from the federal government to reduce these rates. For the average individual, being readmitted to the hospital means recovery has not been going according to plan and they are not getting as close to full strength as they could or should.
What could be causing low energy?
It could be due to many factors. It might be the direct result of the medical emergency they face. For example, acute MI, or basically a heart attack, can sap somebody’s energy tremendously. Then, if they are trying to follow an exercise regimen and change their diet, it can be exhausting.
Certain prescription medications may have side effects associated with low energy, dizziness, and so on. If a person is feeling low on energy, unmotivated to do what they need to do for their recovery, it’s a good idea to let their doctor know it as soon as possible. It could be an isolated event, basically one day that it happens, but if it continues for a pattern, the senior should be encouraged to consult his or her doctor.
If they don’t, what could happen?
Somebody low on energy and feeling unmotivated is less likely to push through recovery and that increases the risk of having to be readmitted to the hospital and reduces the potential of this recovery. Helping the senior stay focused on the recovery, focus on activities he or she would like to return to doing, and keeping them positive can all be beneficial to the recovery process as a whole.
If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Coconut Creek, 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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