Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Houston, TX
There are usually plenty of challenges when it comes to recovery from a major medical emergency. Whether it’s a health emergency such as a stroke, heart attack, or pneumonia, surgery, or injuries sustained in an accident, for elderly individuals, especially those with Alzheimer’s, the fight to reduce hospital readmission rates becomes a bit more complicated as a result of the disease.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects approximately 5.1 million seniors today (Alzheimer’s Association). The most significant symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. As people deal with this form of dementia, they will begin to have more and more challenges of not only keeping track of appointments and other special important dates, but also conversations they have, information they receive, and more.
Here are three ways that Alzheimer’s disease can actually make recovery a bit more complicated.
1. Remembering to take prescription medications.
Many seniors take a number of prescription medications, especially after hospitalization. When somebody is hospitalized due to a major medical emergency such as a heart attack, they may be prescribed numerous medications that have to be taken at varying times throughout the day.
For somebody with memory related issues, keeping track of all of those different pills and other medications can seem overwhelming. There are a number of strategies that can be employed, including pill organizers, reminder devices with alarms, and more.
2. Keeping focused on the recovery itself.
Somebody with Alzheimer’s may have a difficult time staying focused. They may not see the value or point in going through physical therapy and doing all of these other things to recover, especially if they see Alzheimer’s as a signal for the end of their life.
Relying on family members, friends, and even experienced home care providers can be highly beneficial at keeping the senior focused on the recovery process.
3. Remembering important information.
When somebody is being discharged the hospital following at least one overnight stay, they will be given a number of instructions by their doctor. These instructions are intended to not only keep them safe but to also help them recover properly. For somebody with Alzheimer’s, even though that information may be written down it can be difficult for them to keep track of that information properly. That’s why it’s so important to have a home care aide supporting this senior at home. The home care aide, especially somebody who has a great deal of experience working with people with Alzheimer’s, can provide the necessary tools, reminders, and support to make a world of difference.
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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