The moment a person finds himself in the hospital because of a medical emergency or an accident, they may be looking at a long recovery. While there’s nothing that can now be done to change what has happened, there are steps that individual can take to improve their chances of recovery.
Recovery is the focus, but reducing hospital readmission rates is an ancillary benefit.
Most people will readily admit they don’t want to spend any more time in the hospital than they have to. For a person in their 60s, 70s, or 80s, they may become all too familiar with the hospital environment. Some of these men and women could have avoided some of those trips back to the hospital, if they had only heeded the advice of their doctor and paid attention to a healthy lifestyle.
There are plenty of things people can do to not just improve their overall health, but also reduce the risk of certain complications arising.
Pay attention to those doctor’s instructions.
When they’re discharged from the hospital, a person will receive certain instructions from their doctor. Some of those instructions could be quite simple and straightforward. Get plenty of bed rest, drink water, and get exercise. Some of them may be more complicated or could be extremely difficult for somebody to accept.
For example, an elderly person may be advised to give up certain types of food or activities, at least for the foreseeable future. If somebody has a habit of consuming an alcoholic beverage, for example, or smoking, and they have been told if they want to recover and overcome this illness they need to quit those things, it’s not going to be easy.
Healthy living in our society is not easy.
There’s no mistaking this simple fact. When we are bombarded with slick marketing campaigns, cheap candy and soda, and realize that good, hearty, organic foods that are not processed are far more expensive than those cheap frozen meals, it’s difficult to want to engage in healthy living.
But, for most people, a good, healthy diet and exercise is one of the most important aspects to healthy living, and it can also be crucial for recovery. If a senior has been advised by his or her doctor to get exercise, they should do so. If they have difficulty with their mobility, they should seek the physical support from somebody who has experience doing this, like a home care aide.
This month, if seniors want to improve their health and increase their chances of recovery, they should pay attention to what their doctor says, dedicate themselves to healthy living, and follow through each and every day.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Washington Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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