When you’re extremely busy, constantly running around, it doesn’t seem like there’s enough time for exercise? Most of us have felt that way at some point in our life. For a senior who may have recently been hospitalized, they may be facing a lengthy recovery process.
The last thing they want is to be readmitted to the hospital.
No one wants to spend more time in the hospital than they absolutely have to. For an elderly person who spent several days or even a couple of weeks in the hospital, they just want to avoid it in the future. Exercise may be one of the key components of the recovery process.
However, what if they are extremely busy?
Some people have a tendency to be independent, even in the face of extreme medical problems. For example, an elderly person might be used to taking care of her spouse. They have been married for 50 years or more and she feels that she can’t let anything slow her down. She goes through surgery, gets home, and immediately sets out to take care of her husband.
He may have difficulty figuring out how to do certain things.
After all, he’s been relying on her for so many things around the house most of their life that he doesn’t have a clue how to do the laundry, where the spices are in the kitchen, or how to work the vacuum cleaner. Sure, this may seem like an excuse on his part, but certain habits become ingrained in life.
If this senior suddenly doesn’t feel like she has time to exercise, she might give up taking care of herself properly. She may get some physical exertion going up and down the stairs to do the laundry or get other things done around the house, but that may not be the right type of exercise.
What has the doctor recommended?
It’s important that seniors and others are clear on what expectations their doctor has with regard to prescription medications, exercises, activities, therapy, and more. If the doctor has recommended exercise to get the heart rate elevated for at least 15 minutes every day, doing the laundry, cooking, cleaning, and doing other basic tasks around the house is not going to do it for them. They need to make time for exercise.
If a senior doesn’t feel he or she has time for exercise, relying on home care support to assist them in other ventures can give them the time they need and the encouragement to get that all-important exercise to recover.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Katy, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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