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What to Do If You Have Questions About Anything during an Elderly Loved One’s Recovery

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Warren NJ

Questions are important. When a person has questions, they should be encouraged to ask them. Unfortunately, far too many people in modern society either turn to the Internet to find all the answers (which may or may not be reliable, depending on the source website they find) or they don’t ask out of fear the question is considered ‘stupid.’

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Warren NJ

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Warren NJ

When a person is trying to support an elderly family member following a hospitalization, they may have a number of questions with regard to this upcoming recovery. Most people don’t have any idea what a hospital readmission is and they might not really care what it is. What they care about, though, is helping to maximize the chances their loved one recovers as well as can be expected.

So what happens when a person has questions?

If they’re providing any type of support, whether it’s physical support, emotional encouragement, or anything else, they may very well be actively involved in the recovery itself. They may be stopping by on their way to work to help their loved one get out of bed and get dressed for the day, they might be stopping by after work to prepare dinner, help with the laundry or light housekeeping, and making sure they’re safe.

There will likely be an array of prescription medications, wound dressing that needs to be addressed, exercises that need to be done, a certain diet that’s recommended, and more.

That’s a lot for one person to take on, especially if they have other responsibilities in life, including a full-time job. Whether or not that person was sitting in with the senior while the doctor provided instructions for post-hospital recovery, those questions can arise at any time.

If they come up, ask someone.

The best place to get answers is to contact the senior’s doctor and ask directly. It may take some time for the doctor to get back, and depending on the situation, he or she may not be willing or able to provide a concrete answer, depending on how it may interfere with privacy rights.

A person having questions about proper care and support, things they should be looking out for, or what they should be considering may do well to contact a local home care agency and ask experienced caregivers or the administrative staff there. People often overlook the value of home care services, but when it comes to recovery, reducing hospital readmission rates, and helping family members stay on top of the situation, home care is arguably the best option to consider.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Warren, NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.

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Sue Myer

Susan is the Co-Owner of Generations Home HealthCare and has 35 years of business experience and entrepreneurship. For the last 10 years she has been a Registered Nurse working at St. Luke’s Hospital (Bethlehem, PA) in the Neuro/Trauma Unit and as a critical care nurse at Hunterdon Medical Center. She has a B.S. from Rutgers University and a BSN from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.Susan is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s in Gerontology. Susan is married, has 2 children and 1.666 grandchildren.

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