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The Impromptu Family Reunion as Dad Returns Home

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Houston TX

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesIt certainly wasn’t supposed to be a family reunion. Your father was hospitalized following a heart attack and it seemed to draw everyone out of the woodwork, so to speak.

You began seeing your brother, whom you hardly even spoke to in the last couple of years. A couple of your nieces and nephews decided to show up. Cousins came out of nowhere.

You may have been skeptical about their motivation for showing up, especially considering the property, wealth, and other assets you know your father to have. Even if their motivation for showing up at the hospital and being around to support him is genuine concern, it can be overwhelming for your father and you.

Far too often families end up getting together for last-minute emergency situations, such as a loss of a loved one, an emergency that causes somebody to be hospitalized, or some other factor that is not related to a planned event.

How are you going to deal with this situation? Your father might be set to be discharged from the hospital in two days and the doctor said he should get plenty of exercise, but he should also get plenty of rest. How is he going to get rest with people coming and going to visit with him all day, afternoon, and evening?

That is only going to make his recovery more complicated.

You may have been planning to take care of him yourself, but there’s a better option. The moment you begin talking about recovery, you’re also inadvertently trying to find a way to reduce the risk of hospital readmission, which would be defined as any time somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

Your father will require a physical therapist, possibly, to help him get the exercise he needs to strengthen his heart. He will also need plenty of rest, he might need to change his diet, he will likely have to take certain prescription medications, and the doctor would most likely want to monitor his final statistics, including his blood pressure, heart rate, and more.

Hiring an experienced and professional home care aide is a great way to support him once he is discharged from the hospital. If you have numerous family members all volunteering to help out, it can lead to a ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ type of situation. That’s not going to help him at all.

Make one person responsible for supporting him, encouraging him, and determining when too much is too much. If people truly want to spend time together, have them meet somewhere else and try to avoid overwhelming your father when he is first discharged and sent home.

The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.