It’s not always easy to convince some people to exercise. However, exercise may very well be one of the most important components to recovery, especially as people get older. In order to reduce hospital readmission rates, not only should people be heeding the advice of their doctor, which may include exercise, but they should also be checking their vital statistics, including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature, to ensure there are no complications. For this, a visiting nurse might be a valuable asset.
While most people are not focused on reducing readmission rates, doctors and hospitals are.
Having better support after discharge is an important component. If a person does not have optimal support, they might not be doing some of the things that are necessary for recovery. One of those things is exercise.
Exercise is not always recommended for everyone, but it is increasingly important for recovering from a wide range of health emergencies and other issues, including heart attack, injuries, and major surgery.
What if a senior doesn’t want to exercise?
If an elderly person is discharged from the hospital and their doctor has recommended exercise, they might not be a willing participant. They may drag their heels, so to speak, and avoid exercise as much as they can.
A spouse, adult child, friend, or even a neighbor may be hard-pressed to find a way to encourage them to follow their doctor’s instructions and get adequate exercise. That’s where a home care aide with a great deal of experience supporting other elderly clients can be an important factor during recovery.
The more experience somebody has supporting others through recovery, the more likely they’ll have effective strategies that can be beneficial. An experienced home care aide, for example, might focus on future activities rather than the type of exercise the individual needs to do right now. If they can get the senior thinking about those activities they might be able to return to, it can motivate them to do what’s necessary in the short term for those long-term goals.
Every person should consult their doctor first.
If somebody is looking at partaking in a specific type of exercise or routine, they should always verify that it’s safe for them to do so with their doctor. Even though the doctor may have told them they should get out and do some walking as an exercise, if they are planning to do an extensive walk, go to a park with some rolling hills, or something else like that, they should make sure this is something they can do, that is safe to do, and is good for them.
Ultimately, when people follow their doctor’s advice, it increases the chances of recovery and subsequently reduces hospital readmission rates.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Washington Township, 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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