Following a hospitalization, having emotional and physical support is important, especially for seniors. When they are set for discharge, they may go to a nursing home for a couple of weeks for direct medical attention and observation, but when they are sent home finally, if they don’t have adequate support it can be difficult for them to get through recovery.
What happens if recovery is slowed down?
If recovery is slow and the senior doesn’t have the right support, the chances of a readmission increase. A hospital readmission is defined as any time somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. The federal government is placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, it’s important for seniors and others to realize the value in physical, emotional, and even mental support for those having difficulty.
May is Family Wellness Month and there are several different types of support people can offer their loved ones, friends, or even those who are going through this with an elderly family member.
Few things are more important than helping people stay positive. If somebody is not positive, if they don’t see the value in exercise, changing their diet, and doing certain activities, they are less likely going to continue pushing through a long and difficult recovery process.
Experienced home care aides have worked with numerous clients through the years, many of whom are probably facing the same types of challenges this particular elderly loved one is facing. They probably have numerous strategies many family members don’t even consider that are effective and beneficial at boosting their emotional state of mind.
Family members and friends can certainly help a loved one get up from a chair, get out of bed, and do other activities, but what about bathing? What about toileting? The senior may not want their adult child helping them with these personal, intimate matters.
An experienced and professional home care aide can certainly provide the physical support they need following a hospitalization.
The true value in home care options.
A home care aide is commonly overlooked among families who live in close proximity to one another. By living close to one another, it seems to be a sense of duty or responsibility to look after loved ones. In reality, experience is essential for those seniors and others going through recovery.
Ultimately, family support is certainly vital, but it’s also crucial to consider home care as a supplement.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care to reduce hospital readmission rates in West Trenton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.
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