Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Clinton NJ
Depending on the senior and his or her reason to be hospitalized, they may have certain health issues to contend with. Finding the right balance between rest and exercise once they’re discharged from the hospital and sent home is one of the keys to reducing readmission rates.
What is a hospital readmission?
The federal government defines a hospital readmission as any time someone needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge date. There could be a number of reasons for a readmission that have nothing to do with poor support or care. It could be unforeseen circumstances or complications that result from their initial hospitalization.
In some situations, though, having to be readmitted to the hospital is a result of not following doctor’s instructions, not getting the proper level of support, and not taking advantage of the various services available to the senior.
For some, rest will be absolutely essential. This is true following a hospitalization due to pneumonia, for example. When a person is discharged from the hospital due to pneumonia, they may feel just like their old self, but need to temper their enthusiasm and pay attention to their doctor’s recommendation to rest and not overdo it, at least for several weeks.
For others, rest and exercise will need to be balanced properly. Even for those who recently suffered from a heart attack, exercise is incredibly important to the recovery process.
A lot of family members and friends might discourage their loved one from exercising because they don’t realize its importance. Below are three steps that can help improve balance between rest and exercise and, ultimately, reduce potential readmission rates.
Step #1: Follow doctor’s instructions.
There’s no excuse for ignoring doctor’s instructions. They are important. They provide the foundation for a good, strong recovery. By not following doctor’s instructions, a person puts themselves at increased risk of complications or having to return to the hospital, possibly for something even more serious, in the near future.
Step #2: Ask questions, if needed.
If the senior doesn’t understand something about the recovery or their health issues, they should be encouraged to ask questions. Some people feel their questions are ‘stupid,’ but the only poor question anyone could actually ask is the one they don’t ask.
Step #3: Start slow.
If somebody is enthusiastic or determined to recover as quickly as possible, they can certainly overdo it by jumping in too fast. They should temper their enthusiasm with their health issues and the reality they face.
By following these steps, it helps to increase the chances of making a full and proper recovery.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Clinton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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