Insomnia can cause a number of problems for people of all ages. When an elderly man or woman has been hospitalized recently and they are discharged and sent home, if they don’t sleep well each night, it can limit their recovery and increase the risk of a readmission.
If that person has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, that would technically count as a readmission. In many cases, there are steps that can or could have been taken to reduce these risks, and one of them is to pay attention to how a person is sleeping at night.
There could be many reasons for this insomnia.
It could be due to pain. That person could be relying on pain medications, but what if he or she is not taking the narcotic prescribed medications? They may not believe in it personally and may be against the idea of taking such relief. Yet, the pain experience could cause them extreme difficulty and discomfort while lying in bed trying to fall asleep.
It could be due to side effects of those medications.
Some sleep troubles could be the result of the medications their doctor prescribed. If they’re keeping this to themselves, though, and not letting their spouse, adult child, or other family support system know they’re struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night, they may not take steps to alleviate the problem.
If the results are caused by some of those prescription medications or even some other health issue, they could contact their doctor to let him or her know what’s going on. There may be an adjustment that could be made. There might be a more effective medication that doesn’t have that same type of side effect.
What happens if somebody is not sleeping well at night?
First and foremost, they’re not getting their body a proper chance to heal. It’s at night when the body does its best recovery, healing, and this is also when the brain gets to rest. If somebody’s not getting enough sleep at night, they will have low energy levels and be more fatigued the next day. If this aging senior is supposed to be working with a physical therapist or exercise as part of their recovery, they might not be doing these things, or at least not to their full effort.
If an individual is not doing what’s necessary to maximize their chances of recovery, it can cause a number of complications and that may result in a readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Whiting, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.