Thomas was the kind of man who didn’t really pay attention to his health throughout much of his life. He was a relatively healthy individual, but when he did get sick, it was a rare event and he was often encouraged by his wife to get to the doctor.
“I don’t need to go to the doctor,” he would tell his wife. “It’s just a cold. It will pass.”
The same thing happened recently when he started experiencing flu like symptoms and a persistent cough. He was ignoring the situation and barely even slowing down. Within a couple of days, the symptoms became much more serious and that’s when his wife practically dragged him to the doctor. He was admitted to the hospital, having been diagnosed with pneumonia.
For older individuals, pneumonia can be a life-threatening situation quickly.
It can be life-threatening for people of all ages, but when seniors age, their immune system becomes weaker, and that makes it much more dangerous to ignore pneumonia or even symptoms that could be associated with pneumonia.
Thomas spent several days in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests. When he was finally ready to go home, he was feeling much better.
“I feel like my old self again,” he told his wife.
She admonished him to pay attention to the doctor. He didn’t want to listen. His doctor told him that he needed to rest, that it could take several more weeks before the virus was completely out of his system. He felt like this was very similar to flus he had in the past, and pretty much disregarded his doctor’s advice.
Within a week, Thomas was back in the hospital, but at this point there was no guarantee he would ever leave again.
Because he didn’t rest, because he didn’t heed his doctor’s advice, and because he didn’t take care of himself properly, the virus had a chance to regain traction and since it had already been exposed to the antibiotics that were used to combat it, those antibiotics no longer worked.
It quickly progressed to a life-threatening situation and highlights the importance of solid pneumonia care at home. Just because a person feels better when they’re discharged from the hospital following pneumonia doesn’t mean they should get back to their normal routines. Heed a doctor’s advice, rest, don’t suppress the cough, and allow others to help; these are just a few keys to recovery.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Marlton, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.
As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?
For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.
At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.
Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.
As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.
When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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