Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Houston, TX
You might be helping an elderly individual in your life recover from a major health emergency that causes them to be hospitalized, and if you want to maximize their chances of making a full recovery, there is something important you need to do: listen.
In modern healthcare terms, being able to reduce hospital readmission rates means improving the support system at home for the senior. It also means relying on the optimal medical professionals, home care aides, and information. The senior’s doctor will likely provide a great deal of information that they should do once they’re discharged from the hospital to help in the recovery.
This can include information about various prescription medications, exercises that can help retain or build some strength in their body, advice on things to avoid, and much more. Hospitals independently of the doctor may also provide a long list of information that can be extremely beneficial in promoting a positive recovery.
Once your elderly loved one is being discharged from the hospital, you may be volunteering to help them out, at least for some time. Whether you’re taking time off from work, have plenty of time to devote to them, or plan to assist them after your working day is done, it is important to pay attention to subtle signs that could indicate the recovery is either on track or not hitting the mark like it should.
Even though you have read over the list of information from the doctor and the hospital, studied information you found online that can help in this recovery process, your aging loved one could be providing you some valuable information, signs if you would, that could indicate whether or not there is a problem in the recovery.
For example, you may stop by after work in the evening and help the senior prepare meals and check to see if she got the right level of exercise or rested. If she was supposed to be exercising at least 15 minutes a day, but you don’t see her actually doing it, how do you know she was getting the optimal level of exercise?
You probably know your elderly loved one quite well and could discern whether or not she was actually following the directions for her recovery properly. If she is saying that she feels unsafe at certain times and prefers to wait until you arrive to exercise, that could be a good indicator that it’s time to consider home care assistance. Hiring a home care aide for the hours you’re not there could provide her a great deal of assistance. An experienced caregiver may also be in a better position to help her along this recovery.
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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