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The Challenges of Helping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Clark NJ

The moment your father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you might have had a million questions racing through Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Clark NJyour mind. As the years marched on, you realized there were going to be many ups and downs. There are different stages of Alzheimer’s and people who have been recently diagnosed are generally capable of tending to their own basic care for the most part, though it is highly recommended they begin looking at a long-term plan with regard to caregivers or living situations.

If your father is in the middle or later stages of the disease and has recently been hospitalized, it could be due to any number of reasons. The focus should be getting him the proper level of care to help him recover, but also to reduce those hospital readmission rates that can lower quality of life and make it more difficult for him, especially with regard to his form of dementia.

One of the major challenges for somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is memory related. A person who is hospitalized may forget where they are, not recognize people around them, and that can create an incredible amount of anxiety and stress. Most hospital staff, including doctors and nurses, are experienced in supporting individuals with Alzheimer’s, whether they are in the earlier, middle, or later stages of the disease.

If your father has a tendency to become combative, verbally or physically abusive, waking up in the hospital and not realizing why he’s there or recognizing the people around him can make it difficult to calm him down by working through a routine.

Developing a routine is one of the most effective ways at supporting individuals with Alzheimer’s during the later stages of the disease. Even though your father might not recognize the nurse, the doctor, family, or anyone else around him, even though he may be agitated and confused, helping him get into a familiar routine can have tremendous benefits that calming him down.

This routine could simply be reading a book together, getting out of bed and going to the bathroom, or anything else. A routine is something people do on a regular basis over and over. In time, these routines become habitual. It’s those habits that people have a tendency to do without even thinking about them.

When your father may be hospitalized or returning home from a hospital stay, the Alzheimer’s can make recovery even more challenging. Encourage the development of a routine as early as possible and that can make it a little bit easier if and when he finds himself in a difficult situation, doesn’t recognize where he is, or the people around him.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services near Clark, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at (908-418-4299).

Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Crawford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.

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Robert D'Arienzo

After graduating from Seton Hall University with a BS in finance Helping Hands Homecare’s Owner / President, Robert D’Arienzo, went to work on Wall St. for six years. However, after Robert’s grandmother became ill with stomach cancer Robert and his family needed to find assistance in the home for her. After many trials and tribulations Robert could see that there was a great need for quality home care services here in NJ and loved the idea of being able to assist other families who were going through what his family went through with his beloved grandmother.

Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.