Following a hospital stay, a person may be facing several days, weeks, or months of recovery. While most families don’t know much about hospital readmission rates or how to reduce them, the main goal is basically the same: recovery.
When that individual is discharged and sent home, he or she may receive a number of instructions and advice from their doctor. Those instructions can provide them the blueprint for the things they need to do or at least consider to maximize their chances of making a recovery.
Having the right support system in place is going to be instrumental in the recovery process. People who don’t have a lot of experience supporting seniors during a recovery like this might not be the best option, so family night not offer the greatest opportunity for this senior to recover.
It depends on experience.
Everyone is different. A person who has an aging parent that was recently hospitalized may have done this type of work in the past. They may have been a home care aide working for an agency once upon a time. Now, though, they may be working in a completely different industry. However, that little bit of experience in their past can do wonders for the senior who is recovering following this hospitalization.
It may be beneficial.
There could be a situation where a family member has neglected the relationship with this elderly individual and now has an opportunity to spend more quality time with him or her. That can certainly be beneficial. It can offer the senior the emotional boost he or she needs at this point in their life and it can give the caregiver an opportunity to make amends for anything they may have felt they neglected.
An experienced family member might miss warning signs.
Warning signs can occur all the time. When a person is going through recovery at home following hospitalization, they may be exhibiting a number of warning signs that could indicate an emergency situation is arising or recovery is not going along as expected.
If a person misses warning signs, and they find out about it later, that can lead to a lot of regret.
Family members often discourage activity.
This is especially true when an elderly loved one has been hospitalized for a heart attack. When people assume elevating the heart rate is dangerous for a heart attack victim, they may discourage exercise, even though the doctor has readily recommended it.
Nothing beats experienced caregivers, especially home care aides who work for agencies, at helping seniors recover from any number of medical emergencies or other ailments that resulted in a hospitalization.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Medford, 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.
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