Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Edison NJ
Have you ever worked in a high-pressure job? Most of us have. For those who have, we understand the challenges that face us every day, especially with regard to deadlines.
Deadlines in business are critical to achieve. A missed deadline could lead to a loss of thousands, tens of thousands, or even millions of dollars in missed opportunities. It can also cost people their jobs. This is one of the reasons why some of the most successful business professionals carefully establish goals and monitor progress.
How tracking progress can benefit seniors during recovery.
While few seniors actually pay attention to readmission rates, there’s a lot of pressure being placed on hospitals to reduce these rates. What this means is they want to reduce the risk that a person will be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge.
If they get beyond that 30-day mark, the chances of a complication occurring can actually diminish.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to see progress as it happens.
As with the business professional, it might be difficult for an elderly individual to see that he or she is actually getting better, stronger, and healthier when everything seems to be so frustrating and challenging.
For example, following a heart attack, a 76-year-old man may be encouraged to exercise and work with a physical therapist to regain some of the strength he lost in his legs while spending time in the hospital. He might work out on an exercise cycle, walk up and down stairs, or go for a brisk walk at the local mall.
He may do this for two weeks and feel no different. He might not feel stronger, he might see no improvement happening. However, if he tracked his progress, he would probably notice that his pace around the mall, how quickly he can get through a mile on an exercise bicycle, or how smoothly he is doing other activities and exercises has been improving daily.
When we are stuck in the middle of a situation, it’s extremely difficult to see the forest for the trees. In other words, it’s difficult to see progress when it happens slowly.
When a person is feeling dejected and even unmotivated because they don’t honestly believe anything’s improving, they can be shown just how far they’ve come when they look back in a journal, a sheet of paper, or somewhere else where they wrote down their activities each and every day.
This motivation can be a powerful force to push through recovery and avoid the prospect of a readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Edison, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)
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