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5 Common Challenges Winter Poses for Recovery at Home

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Jackson NJ

Recovery can be a long road. Depending on the season, it can be shorter, thanks to summer activities and more motivation or it might take even longer during winter.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Jackson NJ

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Jackson NJ

There are plenty of challenges that people face when it comes to recovery, whether it’s due to major surgery, a medical emergency, injuries sustained in an accident, or anything else. When a senior has been hospitalized for any reason, they will be facing a potentially lengthy recovery.

While they may not think much about hospital readmission rates or how to reduce them, when they focus on the recovery, they are essentially doing the same thing.

Below are five common challenges that people face during winter that can complicate the recovery process.

Common Winter Challenge #1: Poor air quality.

Because the windows and doors are closed tight throughout most of the winter, not a lot of fresh air is moving throughout the house. This is, of course, more likely reserved for the northern states, but certain parts of the South, Southeast, and Southwest, may also face poor air quality when the temperature outside gets cold.

Common Winter Challenge #2: Less enthusiasm.

If the senior is looking forward to spring or summer to do some gardening, to go for nice, leisurely walks in the park, they might feel less enthusiastic about anything they might be able to do during winter.

When a person is less enthusiastic about something, they probably don’t put the same effort into their recovery.

Common Winter Challenge #3: Few chances to get outside.

Because there are fewer chances to realistically get outside and be safe, the sensation of cabin fever can begin setting in. That’s no fun. It’s also not conducive to a healthy and positive recovery.

Common Winter Challenge #4: Cold temperatures.

The colder it is, the more difficult it might be to stay warm, even in somebody’s own house. If the senior doesn’t turn the heat up above 65° because they worry about the expense, they need to bundle up more.

Younger adults are often more comfortable at 65° than seniors, but that has to do with the body’s ability to maintain optimal core temperature. As a person gets older and their strength diminishes, it makes it more challenging to stay warm, even at average indoor temperatures.

Common Winter Challenge #5: Dry air.

The dryer the air, the more difficult it might be to remain comfortable. It can affect eyesight, hydration, and other factors. If the senior is taking prescription medications that dry them out, winter months can make it seem even worse.

It’s during this trying season when seniors should rely on experienced caregivers to maximize their chances of making a healthy recovery.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Jackson, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)

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