No one really wants to be admitted to the hospital. That’s not on anyone’s bucket list. However, millions of people all across the country and around the world spend at least one day in the hospital. As people get older, the risk of health issues can increase, which is why seniors who have been hospitalized may be facing a long and difficult recovery process.
When they are discharged, there may be certain safety issues to consider at home.
When a person is discharged from the hospital they may not be fully recovered just yet. In fact, it’s far more costly to have somebody stay in the hospital for several weeks or months to recover. It’s more cost-effective for that individual to return home as soon as possible. When they return home, though, are they safe?
For seniors, safety issues can increase following a major medical emergency or surgery.
Whether the senior was hospitalized due to a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, injuries sustained in an accident, or some other medical emergency, their strength will not likely be as potent as it was before they were admitted to the hospital. That means they might have difficulty getting out of bed, getting up from a chair, walking up and down stairs, or simply getting down the hall.
They may get stronger over time, especially if they exercise, work with a physical therapist, and follow their doctor’s instructions, but during those first weeks it’s important that they have adequate care and support.
There are plenty reasons why safety risks can increase following a hospitalization. Let’s just look at a few quickly.
1. They may be weaker.
As mentioned, they will probably lose some strength. The more significant the medical emergency is and the longer they stay in the hospital, the weaker they’re going to be once they’re discharged and sent home.
2. Potential side effects of medications.
They may be prescribed new medications. Some of the side effects can cause dizziness, balance related issues, and more that can all affect safety.
3. A lack of focus.
With some of the side effects and other issues, the senior may have difficulty staying focused. If they don’t focus on what they need to do, they may forget something and increase the risk of being injured as a result.
4. Their stamina will be less.
Having less stamina can lead to safety issues because the senior still wants to keep doing what they did before. That’s one of the reasons why a home care aide can be a great asset.
Maximizing the chances of recovery and reducing the risk of a hospital readmission are all key components of the recovery process for seniors and others across the country.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Clark, 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.
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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