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Recovery Requires Rest, but it Can be Elusive at Times

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates Toms River NJ

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesAll her life Rachel was a woman constantly on the go. When she was in high school she was part of the debate team, a cheerleader, played field hockey, was on the student council, and even volunteered throughout her community. As an adult she raised a family, built a career, and continued with her community service because she loved helping others.

When she was 82 years old she had suffered a heart attack and spent more than a week and half in the hospital. She got used to the beeping and whooshing of machines that surrounded her and that were also helping her roommate as she recovered from a stroke. One thing her doctor continue to admonish her about was the necessity for proper rest.

Rachel was constantly disconnecting her monitors, getting out of bed, and helping her roommate by supplying her water, helping feed her, and doing other things. Her roommate didn’t have any family in the area and nobody came to visit. Rachel felt bad and this was her motivating factor for trying to help out.

Her doctor and the nurses all commended her for her selfless desire to help others, but her doctor kept telling her how important it was to get rest.

She took him to task for this statement because he had been telling her the value of exercise and how it can help strengthen the heart.

He explained that part of the recovery process is to allow the body enough time to rest, though exercise is incredibly important, too. Rachel explained that she lived alone, had a small dog and two cats to take care of, and many of the local neighborhood kids often stopped by after school to receive cookies she would bake on a daily basis. She also volunteered at her church for the vacation bible school in the summer and many other functions that took place throughout the year.

The doctor sat down next to her and explained that because she had suffered a myocardial infarction, she needed to get proper MI care at home and find enough time to rest throughout the day. He expected her to make a full recovery, as long as she followed his instructions properly.

He explained that even though she had a desire to do so many things, sometimes people have to stop and take a break once in a while to ensure they’ll be able to continue those things into the future. He didn’t want to see her back in the hospital any time soon, especially not within 30 days as that would constitute a readmission and the last thing any hospital wants to deal with today is increased readmission rates.

Rachel eventually listened to his instructions and made a full and healthy recovery because she made time to rest appropriately.

For information about how Comfort Keepers can help your family with home care in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding communities, call (732) 557-0010. We provide quality and affordable home care services for seniors in our community.

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Stephanie Howe

Rich and Stephanie Howe are the owners of 4 Comfort Keepers franchises in central NJ and 1 in Easton, MD. They opened their first office in Hamilton, NJ in 2005 after Stephanie’s personal and professional background in nursing led her down the path of helping people stay in the comfort of their homes. Her father was afflicted with a severe form of Multiple Sclerosis and was put in a long term care facility when he was just 44 years old, after her family realized there were few options for keeping him home. When she was diagnosed herself with the disease in 1998, she knew she didn’t want her family, or anyone else to ever find themselves in a similar situation. Prior to owning Comfort Keepers, the Howe’s owned a construction business, but have found this type of work meets their need to serve others. The Howes are committed to assisting not just the elderly, but anyone needing non medical services in order to continue living safely at home. The Howes reside primarily in Robbinsville, NJ with their 6 children and 2 Golden Retrievers, Henry and Deja, but also have a residence in Easton, MD.