As people age, they will face increasing challenges with their physical capabilities. The risk of vision related problems and hearing loss can be an issue, especially when somebody has been hospitalized and is looking at discharge.
It’s important to understand information.
If a person is set to be discharged from the hospital following their stay due to pneumonia, for example, and if their doctor is talking to them about the situation, the illness, and steps to take in order to avoid a return trip to the hospital before long, what if they can’t hear clearly?
Some people have a tendency to hide these symptoms.
Some people will nod and say they understand when in fact they can’t hear what the person was telling them. Could this be a serious concern? Of course it can.
What if that individual’s doctor is telling him or her they need to rest. What if the doctor is telling this person how important rest is when it comes to pneumonia care at home? What if the doctor is explaining how the virus is still in their system, and if they don’t rest properly, they’re going to give it another opportunity to regain traction, thus making it a far more serious situation than it is at the moment?
It’s not just about illnesses, though, that makes a difference.
When an elderly person or anyone for that matter is set to be discharged the hospital, they will possibly be facing a lengthy recovery. If they are not understanding what is being told about it, if they are not listening clearly, then that’s going to have a direct and negative impact on the recovery itself.
What happens if recovery is not placed as a high priority?
Well, for one thing, that individual is going to have a much more difficult time with recovery, whether it was from major or minor surgery, a serious illness, heart attack or stroke, or anything else. If they don’t care enough about the recovery or are dealing with hearing loss or some other physical limitations that makes it difficult for them to understand what is expected of them, the risk of a hospital readmission increases.
What is a hospital readmission?
A hospital readmission is technically when somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. If a senior is having difficulty with their hearing, if they are trying to disguise it and hide this fact, and if friends or family suspect, they should confront the issue honestly and directly. This could be the difference between a healthy recovery and one that leads him or her back to the hospital before long.