Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Keyport NJ
Following the heart attack, you didn’t know what to expect. You got the call from your sister informing you your father was now hospitalized. You took time off from work, traveled all the way to visit him, and were relieved to see him awake and talking.
He spent almost a week in the hospital going through a battery of tests. It was difficult to see him in that type of situation. To you, he had always been a strong, independent, and unfailing rock in your life. Now he was the one who needed your support.
When he was being set for discharge, his doctor gave him instructions.
Some of those instructions were to change his diet, focus on healthy foods instead of the junk he had been used to eating for so long, getting exercise, and focusing on activities. He had a difficult time changing his diet, but with your encouragement, along with other family members, he has slowly come around.
He hasn’t been as active, and that’s okay with you.
You can’t imagine somebody who recently had a heart attack should be exercising, let alone being active. When your father was tired, didn’t feel like doing much, or had no desire to visit with a physical therapist, you supported him. You didn’t see the point, either.
Now, though, it seems your father is starting to feel discomfort, pain, and you’re concerned. If your father has not been exercising, he could be putting himself at unnecessary risk of not just another heart attack, but having to take another trip to the hospital.
There could be a number of reasons why a person who recently had a heart attack may have to return to the hospital that have nothing to do a second heart attack.
What can you do now?
What you should be doing all along is encouraging your father to get exercise. While you may be concerned about another heart attack, it’s actually intended to strengthen the heart muscles. Because the heart is a muscle, just like any other muscle in the body, it requires exercise to stay strong.
If the muscles in the heart don’t get the proper level of exercise, it can make everyday tasks seem more challenging. Also, the first heart attack your father had likely devastated his body, making it difficult for him to regain strength and mobility. That can have negative emotional repercussions as well into the future.
What you can do is encourage him to reconsider exercising, support him, and talk about hiring a home care aide to help. The more experience somebody has providing care for seniors, the better it is for them in the future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Keyport, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 1-800-781-7435 or 732-566-1112.
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