Your mother has been having a difficult time of late. She was diagnosed with macular degeneration and then spent more than two weeks in the hospital following a major medical emergency. During those couple of weeks, you and the rest your family talked about the challenges she was going to face now, moving forward.
What you didn’t take into account was vision loss.
You didn’t think vision loss was going to impact recovery. You couldn’t see how the two could be tied together. You certainly weren’t thinking about hospital readmissions because, even though this was a serious situation, her doctor expected her to make a pretty good recovery.
When she went home, she had the support of a number of family and friends. During the first two weeks, she didn’t want for anything. Then people started to get back to their normal routines in life and that meant they had less time to devote to her. That was okay, but her vision was getting worse. She just didn’t want to talk about it.
She didn’t want anyone worrying about her. She felt most of her friends and family had already did more than enough to help her and she didn’t want to be a ‘burden’ any longer.
Her ability to read, watch TV, and even be safe within the comfort of her home had extremely diminished in those few weeks. She started having trouble keeping track of her prescription medications. She couldn’t read the bottles very well and, instead of asking for help, she took her chances.
When she started feeling lightheaded and dizzy, she managed to get to the phone and call 911. When she was back in the hospital, it seemed to be a surprise to the rest of her family, but when they finally understood what had caused this, they didn’t know why she had been so adamant about keeping them in the dark.
Sometimes, not being able to see well can impact recovery and increase the risk of a hospital readmission.
For any senior who is struggling with their vision, hearing, or other senses, they should be honest about that. They should make it clear to their doctor what their limitations are and consider relying on help. If family can’t be there for very long or for enough hours in the day, home care services through an agency are the best option. It’s an affordable option that can help people avoid costly mistakes.
For home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
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