Heart disease can be difficult to live with. It can cause a weakening of the heart muscles and may make exercise or other strenuous activities potentially dangerous for an elderly person to perform or even attempt. When somebody has been diagnosed with heart disease, they may be limited on what they can do for their recovery.
What if they’re injured, such as a broken ankle?
If a person in their 60s or 70s breaks an ankle, they will be going through a recovery process. Part of the recovery process is usually to get exercise to strengthen the muscles once the bone heels. However, if that senior has been diagnosed with heart disease or has other medical conditions that make it difficult or unsafe to exercise, it could complicate recovery.
It can increase the risk of a hospital readmission.
If somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge, that is technically considered a readmission. The federal government has been placing more pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, and while that has led to greater support and information, it doesn’t work for everyone. Currently, the national average for readmissions is around 16.7%. That means 16.7% of all patients discharged from the hospital end up being readmitted within 30 days of that discharge date.
If a person can’t exercise, if they have to take care and not increase their heart rate, that means they might not be strengthening the muscles in their legs and other parts of their body. For that, a doctor may have certain recommendations about what can or can’t be done.
What about strengthening the heart muscles?
Following a heart attack, an individual may be advised by their doctor to exercise because increasing the heart rate is the only way to strengthen those muscles around the heart. Some family members may see this idea of exercise as being dangerous and discourage that parent or grandparent from doing any such thing.
That’s why it’s so important for seniors and others to consult their doctor if they have any questions whatsoever about advice or information that was provided to them upon discharge.
They should always seek clarification.
Whether a person has heart disease, recently had a heart attack, or has other heart related issues, if they have questions about exercises, activities, or anything else related to recovery, they should consult their doctor instead of any online advice, advice from friends or family, or anything they’ve heard elsewhere. It could mean the difference between a healthy, strong recovery and one that lands them right back in the hospital.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Boynton Beach, 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”.
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