It’s very easy to get caught up in this idea that in order to be valuable in life we have to constantly be busy. When a person has been diagnosed with pneumonia, they may be prescribed certain antibiotics, adequate rest, to drink plenty of fluids, and more. When a person in their 70s or 80s has been diagnosed with pneumonia, it can be a life-threatening situation quickly.
It often leads to a hospitalization.
When a person’s immune system is compromised, when it is weaker than it was during their youth, it becomes much more difficult for them to combat certain bacteria and viruses, including pneumonia. This individual may have been hospitalized for observation, treatment, and to make sure they stay properly hydrated.
When they are being discharged from the hospital, they may feel a lot better.
That’s hopefully the case, because after all if they are not feeling better, there’s probably a reason for that and the doctor is not likely to discharge them if they have any questions about their health and vitality. So, when an elderly person is being discharged from the hospital, they are likely given a long list of things they need to pay attention to and do in order to stay healthy.
One of those components of recovery from pneumonia care at home is rest.
Doctors will admonish their patients to rest. Even though the senior might be feeling almost like new again, that doesn’t mean they are out of the woods. The virus or bacteria can still be in their system, and the senior will likely be coughing, which is producing phlegm to help expel this from the body, and it could take several weeks to fully recover.
If a person is not resting, they are not giving their body the chance to recover from this serious health issue. If they are not giving their body the chance to recover properly, it increases the chances that the virus or bacteria will become re-entrenched in their system, making it even more difficult to recover in the long run.
If a person feels they can’t rest, they need help.
Some people simply believe the world will stop spinning if they don’t get up, take care of their spouse, keep the house clean, do the laundry, take care of the yard, and so on. If that’s their mentality, they need extra support to make sure they simply take it easy, at least for a while. This is the best way seniors can recover following pneumonia and avoid a readmission to the hospital.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Bordentown, 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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