Hospital readmission rates are typically defined by the federal government as any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. They may have been hospitalized for a wide range of reasons, including scheduled major surgery, injuries sustained in an accident, medical emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, and aneurysms, or something else like pneumonia or another serious illness.
Whatever caused a person to be hospitalized, there will likely be a time for recovery.
Their primary care physician, or doctor, may suggest it could take a few weeks for them to get back to normal, or as close to normal as possible. It might take several months or even longer. Some individuals will simply need to rest and allow their body to heal or get over the illness, such as would be the case for somebody diagnosed with pneumonia.
Another individual may be encouraged to exercise.
For example, somebody who recently had a heart attack might be told that exercise is not just important for their overall health and fitness, but also to strengthen the heart muscles. After all, the heart is a muscle and without proper exercise it can’t get stronger.
Those are all well and good, but a positive attitude is going to be essential.
Somebody who has a negative attitude, who sees only bad things happening around them, or who doesn’t see the benefit in putting themselves through grueling physical therapy and other exercises, especially at ‘this stage in their life,’ will not likely keep up with exercises, physical therapy, or even changing their diet for very long.
How can we help people maintain a positive attitude?
Since a positive attitude is so crucial to recovery and reducing those pesky hospital readmission rates, what can be done to make a difference? Whether this individual going through recovery is considered elderly or is a much younger, usually stronger and healthier adult, focusing on activities they enjoy is one of the first steps.
People in their 70s or 80s who have basically been spending most of their time at home alone may see little benefit to these activities intended to help them recover. If they had the right support, like a home care aide working with them every day, though, they might just discover it’s possible to go for walks in the park, to visit a gallery or museum, to go spend time with friends again, or do other things they gave up a while ago.
Encouraging people to be more positive can have a direct impact on hospital readmission rates.
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