Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Houston, TX
After a person has had a heart attack, following their discharge from the hospital, they will likely be encouraged to get exercise by their doctor. It is absolutely essential that the senior client consult his or her doctor before taking on any new exercise regimen unless they have been specifically prescribed to do certain activities from their primary care physician.
The main goal is to make a full recovery and get back to the high quality of life the senior was enjoying previously. The secondary goal that may be commonly overlooked for many patients, but is the main focus of numerous hospitals thanks to increased pressure from the federal government is to reduce hospital readmission rates. Hospital readmission is any time a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.
Exercise and getting the proper level rest are some of the most fundamental aspects of making a full recovery at home for seniors dealing with various health issues. Below are three activities that can provide important exercise for elderly clients.
1. Walking at a brisk pace.
Even if the senior has difficulty getting around without the assistance of a cane or walker, just pushing their speed a little faster than what is considered “comfortable” could help to elevate the heart rate just enough to give it the strength and exercise it requires.
This can be done up and down the hall of the house or, if the senior wants to get out for a while, they could do it at a park or just around the block.
Just stretching the arms up into the air and then bending down to try and touch the toes, sitting down in a chair in getting back up, or walking up and down a couple of steps with support could help to elevate the heart rate just enough to give the senior the type of exercise he or she requires.
An increasingly popular exercise regimen, especially for seniors, is yoga. Relying on an experienced instructor who has worked with other elderly clients in the past could provide the senior the right level of exercise he or she needs to make that full recovery at home.
It’s important to remember that not everyone is the same and any activities or exercises that cause discomfort may not be optimal. May is Global Health and Fitness Month and for seniors of all ages and health conditions, any time they’re hospitalized for any reason, they will need a recovery period at home and that may include getting the right level of exercise.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care in Houston, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.
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