Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Honolulu HI
When you want to help your mother through recovery, do you have any prior experience doing this type of work? Most family caregivers don’t. However, because of your personal relationship with her, maybe feelings of responsibility or duty, or even a feeling of guilt if you even consider not helping her out, you may go ahead and try to help her through this.
There are several steps that need to be taken to promote a positive recovery. The ultimate goal is to help your mother get back to her full strength and mobility, if at all possible, but it’s also about reducing the risk of a hospital readmission. A hospital readmission is to be defined as any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge.
Let’s talk about three steps you might consider taking to help your mother make a better and stronger recovery at home.
Step #1: Getting proper support.
What does proper support mean? You may have time to help her. You may have the resources to be beneficial to some degree. However, nothing beats experience when it comes to seniors and recovery.
A home care aide who works for an agency will likely have experience working with other elderly clients who have gone through the same type of medical emergency, injuries, or health issues. When you rely on a home care aide, even if it’s for just a couple of hours a day a few days a week, that can help lead to a stronger and faster recovery.
Step #2: Follow instructions.
Your mother received instructions from her doctor and the hospital upon her discharge. Those instructions are written down for a reason. She should follow them as closely as possible.
This may include changing her diet, taking certain prescription medications, or even getting exercise. It may also include physical therapy. Whatever those instructions are, the closer she follows them, the greater the chances she’ll make a good, healthy recovery.
Step #3: Set goals.
Your mother should set goals for herself. These goals can be broken down into monthly goals, weekly goals, and even daily goals. When you have these goals, you can more easily measure success against them.
If you don’t set goals, your mother may be going along as well as could be hoped for, but feel like she’s not improving. When you can compare where she was and see that she’s accomplished the goals you set forth with her, it can offer the kind of motivation she’ll need to keep pushing through this recovery.
Have questions about caregiver services in Honolulu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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