Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Moorestown NJ
The holiday season can pose many challenges, especially for people recovering from any number of health emergencies or physical ailments. For seniors, recovery can be complicated due to age, health factors, support that they may not have in place, and more.
Many people have a tendency to travel during the holiday season. They visit with family members, friends, and others. For an elderly individual who was hospitalized relatively recently and is undergoing recovery, heading out to visit with loved ones can be exciting, but it can also increase the challenges they deal with daily.
Below are four challenges the holiday season may impose on any senior following a hospital stay.
Potential Challenge #1: Distractions.
There are going to be plenty of distractions. Getting to visit with adult children, grandchildren, possibly great-grandchildren, and other family members they haven’t seen in years will take up a lot of their time.
These wonderful distractions can take them away from exercises and possibly even physical therapy. If physical or occupational therapy is tantamount to a successful recovery, it’s important to keep up with these, even if a physical therapist from a different city or town needs to be hired.
Potential Challenge #2: Forgetting medications.
In the hustle and bustle and a rush to get out of the house, certain things can be missed. If the senior forgets to take all of their medications, including a backup supply if they’re going to be away for a couple of weeks, that can be problematic.
In the event that happens, they should contact their pharmacist and/or doctor to get refills at another pharmacy close to where they are staying.
Potential Challenge #3: Staying in an unfamiliar place.
This may be an adult child’s house, a place they visited many times through the years, but it’s not nearly as familiar as their own house. As such, if they have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, for example, and it’s not well lit, they could take a bad step, run into something in the hall, or have some other issue that leads to potential injuries.
It’s best to have the house well lit, at least in the hallways and other common area rooms.
Potential Challenge #4: Poor diet.
During a recovery, most doctors recommend their patients adhere to a strict diet. The holiday season doesn’t offer the best opportunity to focus on a healthy diet.
There may need to be certain provisions put in place to ensure the elderly individual is eating as healthy as possible during this holiday season.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Moorestown, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.