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Prepping for Surgery to Avoid a Hospital Readmission

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Linden NJ

Heading into surgery can be a stressful situation for anyone. For older individuals, surgery can feel like it will be life altering. It might very well be. Keep in mind, though, that how a person prepares for surgery and the steps they take for post operation care (post-op) can have a direct impact on the recovery.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Linden NJ

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Linden NJ

Ultimately, the goal should be to make a full and healthy recovery following surgery, but for hospitals it’s to reduce the potential chance for a readmission. Hospital readmission is defined as any time a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. Following surgery, a person will most likely achieve that discharge date within a few days or, at most, a week or two.

There are things people can do to help improve the chances of their recovery following surgery.

First, they should have the right type of support on hand.

Many people rely on family members to help them during the first few days or weeks following major surgery. That’s fine, but if someone doesn’t have any prior experience doing this type of work, it’s best to rely on an experienced caregiver.

Hiring a professional home care aide who has worked with other elderly clients following surgery or other major medical emergencies that caused the hospitalization will be a great first step.

In some situations, the senior might require physical therapy, a visiting nurse to check their vital statistics or administer certain medications, or other medical professionals to come by their house daily, every other day, or once or twice a week.

It’s best to find all of these providers before heading into surgery, if at all possible.

Second, they need to focus on their future.

If they don’t focus on their future, the things they can do once they recover, it can be far too tempting to become depressed, reserved, or withdrawn from their recovery.

If a person is having a tough time getting back on their feet and doing some of the things they used to do with ease, they can become depressed. They might give up physical therapy or doing exercises as a result. This is going to interfere with recovery and may lead to another trip to the hospital due to some complication.

Third, they should rely on support of family and friends.

Home care providers or other experienced professionals aren’t going to replace family and friends. Just because they may be calling on the services of a home care aide doesn’t mean they don’t want visitors, family and friends stopping by, or conversations.

When considering all these things, it helps to increase the chances a person makes a full and healthy recovery following surgery, especially as they get older.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Linden, 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, Cranford, 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.

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