It’s not always easy to support an elderly family member through recovery following a hospitalization. They may be frustrated, fearful, or have no interest in physical therapy, working hard, exercising, or even taking certain prescription medications.
While many family members might not know much about hospital readmission rates or how to reduce them, they ultimately want the same thing: to help their loved one with recovery. There are plenty of ways to inspire somebody, no matter how old or young they are, to be more diligent with regard to their recovery and following doctor’s instructions.
Below are three ways that just about any family member or friend can inspire a loved one to focus on the recovery, whether they were hospitalized due to scheduled major surgery, a major medical emergency, illness, or injuries sustained in an accident.
1. Work with them.
While it’s easy to tell somebody what to do, such as walk up and down the hall as best you can, it’s more effective to actually do the workout with them. It’s one of the reasons why so many Americans rely on friends to go to the gym; they want that support, encouragement, and companionship.
That doesn’t change because somebody is in their 70s, 80s, or 90s. If you don’t have the time to exercise or help the senior change their diet, it may be more practical to rely on outside support and assistance.
2. Talk about home care support.
If you convince this elderly individual to rely on a home care aide, even if it is just for a couple of hours a day, that caregiver, especially somebody with a tremendous amount of experience, will be able to offer encouragement, help the senior stay on track, and provide the support to go through this recovery.
3. Focus on outdoor activities.
Feeling like you’re stuck inside can be frustrating, no matter what time of the year it is. As winter finally let’s go across much of the country, people turn to outdoor activities. It may be getting the lawn ready, raking, preparing the garden, or going for walks at a local park.
Whatever it is, there are usually numerous motivations for elderly individuals, especially if they have felt cooped up for several months on end.
Never underestimate the value an experienced caregiver can offer a senior when they are faced with a potentially lengthy recovery. The right support at the right time can help reduce the prospect of hospital readmission tremendously.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Linden, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635
After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the senior community. She became the president of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.
Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.
Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.
In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.
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