Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Houston TX
Even though Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, it’s never the wrong time to sit down and take honest stock of the things, the blessings, one has in life. For those who may have elderly loved ones who are in the hospital or have recently been discharged from the hospital, having gratitude can be infectious.
There could be a lot of worries, concerns, and doubts about the next several days or even weeks ahead. In the midst of challenges, it becomes extremely difficult to feel grateful in any way, shape, or form. Yet, it is an extremely important and powerful emotional mindset that, when the senior also becomes grateful for what they have in the situation they’re in, it can have a positive influence on their recovery.
You may think about recovery, but not hospital readmission.
Few people think about hospital readmission rates, how to reduce them, or anything beyond the immediate next few hours or days. When a person has been hospitalized, it could be due to a medical emergency, major surgery that was likely planned, an illness, or injuries sustained in an accident.
In all of those situations, the person hospitalized will be wondering if they’ll be okay, if they’ll be able to recover fully, or what the next couple of days or weeks will hold for them. That can create a tremendous amount of fear and anxiety in their heart and mind.
That fear and anxiety is a negative aspect of the hospitalization.
It’s natural to be worried about the future, especially when you know very little about the current situation. When that person is set to be discharged from the hospital, they may have to go to a nursing home for a few days or weeks to continue with their basic recovery before finally returning home.
When they return home, they will not be out of the woods. They’ll continue to work on their recovery, possibly with a physical therapist, they might require a visiting nurse, and they will most likely need support and assistance with various basic tasks of everyday life.
All of those things going on can lead somebody to feel frustrated, angry, and as though they’ve lost a certain amount of their own independence and privacy. Highlighting what they do have, the fact that they can make a recovery, and have the opportunity to get back into life can lead to gratitude.
That simple mindset shift can push some people through recovery when they feel all hope is lost. Turning negatives into positives and relying on gratitude can be a powerful force during recovery.
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 caregivers in West University, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.
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.
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