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Changing One’s Diet May Improve Recovery at Home (and Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates)

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Easton, MD

Reducing Hospital Readmission RatesIt’s not always easy to understand how to reduce hospital readmission rates, but the main focus is getting proper support and care at home. If an elderly loved one has been hospitalized, for a stroke, for example, they will likely spend a significant amount of time in the hospital before being discharged. Depending on the severity of the stroke, they may be sent to a nursing home for a few weeks to continue with their treatment.

What is a hospital readmission?

In technical terms, when somebody has to return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, for the same reason they were initially hospitalized, that is considered a readmission. There are many reasons why somebody may have to return to the hospital that are out of their control, but eating healthier, getting exercise, and following doctor’s orders are some of the most significant factors in making a full and healthy recovery.

Once they are discharged and sent home, it is highly recommended that they seek proper assistance. Many family members may step up to help them out, at least for a few weeks when they first return home. This is noble, but unless the family members have experience helping an elderly individual recover from a stroke, there may be few things they can do that will offer a tremendous benefit.

An experienced home care aide is the best option in all situations. Hiring a caregiver through a home care agency will allow family members to focus their time and attention to the senior and offering them the companionship rather than physical or other types of support.

An experienced caregiver may also understand how important it is for the senior to eat properly. Changing one’s diet can have a direct impact on recovery at home. As September is Cholesterol Awareness Month, somebody who consumes too much bad cholesterol (LDL) could cause them more health problems in the future. It can also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke once again.

Eating more fruits and vegetables and adding more fish to the diet is one of the best ways to increase consumption of good cholesterol and decrease consumption of bad cholesterol. That combination will provide them the best foundation upon which to build their recovery process at home.

 

For any aging individual who may be hospitalized right now, whether it was for major surgery, stroke, or some other reason, help them understand the importance and value of getting a proper diet once they return home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home caregivers, contact the staff at Comfort Keepers of Easton, MD. Call today (410) 822-4414.

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