Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Katy TX
Following a hospitalization, any senior who has been encouraged by his or her doctor to look into home care support services should do so immediately. If they don’t have the physical capability of doing that directly, a family member or friend may certainly be able to help.
There are plenty of great reasons why home care can be extremely beneficial in the recovery process. Not only could it help them with some basic tasks around the house, it could also help reduce the potential risk of a hospital readmission in the future.
Here are five key benefits that home care can offer seniors and others after they are discharged from the hospital and sent home to recover.
Key Benefit #1: Physical support.
A senior might require physical support. This could include assistance getting out of bed, getting around the house, getting into and out of the shower, going up and down stairs, and much more.
If an elderly individual tries to do some of these things on their own, they could expose themselves to unnecessary risk. Some those risks could be slip and fall accidents, falling out of bed, and more. That could land them back in the hospital before long.
Key Benefit #2: Encouragement.
It can be easy to get discouraged during recovery. If the senior doesn’t feel that things are moving along as smoothly as possible, he or she can essentially give up certain exercises or activities designed to improve their physical capabilities, strength, and recovery.
An experienced home care aide can keep them feeling positive by focusing on what they’ll be able to do in the weeks or months ahead.
Key Benefit #3: Reminders.
Reminders about medications, appointments, and other things that need to be done could be instrumental in the recovery process. A home care aide can offer these reminders and, if that senior has a tendency to dismiss the encouragement or reminders their family gives them, they may be less likely to dismiss the reminders from somebody with experience.
Key Benefit #4: Helping to avoid injuries.
With that physical support, the senior can avoid unnecessary injuries. For example, if the elderly individual wakes up in the morning and tries to get out of bed, but doesn’t have their full physical strength and balance, they could slip and fall, subsequently being injured.
A home care aide who is there with them can help them avoid some of those unnecessary injuries.
Key Benefit #5: Helping them stay on track.
It’s easy to get sidetracked or discouraged during recovery. The more experience a home care aide has, the easier it’s going to be for him or her to help the senior stay on track with their recovery. This will, ultimately, help reduce the potential for a hospital readmission.
The caregivers at Comfort Keepers are available to talk with you and your family about all of your caregiver needs. Comfort Keepers is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Katy, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call (281) 407-0202 for more information.
They first experienced the need for senior home care services when Don’s father became very ill. His mother attempted to care for Don’s dad, but it was an overwhelming effort. At that time they were not able to find the type of services Comfort Keepers delivers. And shortly after, they experienced similar frustrations when Carol's mother became very ill. They recognize there are comparable situations today where seniors and their families find it difficult to obtain the needed assistance that will allow loved ones to live safely and independently at home.
Carol and Don are integral components in the West Houston, Katy, Bear Creek, Copperfield, Cypress, and Willowbrook communities enabling them to provide assistance to those families needing help with their loved ones.
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