If your father has been hospitalized recently, he may be facing a potentially lengthy recovery process. There may be times when he wants to give up. There very well might be a situation in which he feels there’s no point in working with a physical therapist, exercising, and doing other things important to the recovery itself.
While he may not be thinking about readmission rates to hospitals or how to avoid them, it’s something to consider. After all, if somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, it’s usually either due to an unforeseen complication or a lack of attention to the recovery itself.
If your dad is feeling uninspired to keep pushing through recovery, there are some things you might consider doing. Here are three ways you can actually help inspire your father to keep going and recover as well as possible.
1. Get friends involved.
It doesn’t just have to be friends of his, but it could be family members as well. When you have numerous people all saying the same thing, such as telling him the importance of physical therapy, exercise, changing his diet, and doing what’s necessary, he may be more inclined to listen. Some people don’t listen to just one family member, especially when they get frustrated with that individual for trying to push them to exercise.
After a hospitalization, it’s going to be difficult for your father to exercise and regain strength. If he has numerous friends and other family members encouraging him to do what’s necessary to get back to his normal health and strength, he may be more inspired.
2. Focus on future activities.
At the moment, your father may assume he won’t be able to do some of the activities he used to enjoy. If his doctor expects him to make a good recovery, it’s important to keep him focused on doing these things. When he focuses on these future activities, it may help him keep working, even when the last thing he wants to do is exercise more or change his diet.
3. Consider exercising and possibly changing your diet with him.
If his doctor has recommended exercise and a change in diet, you can step up and do the same thing right along with him. Then he won’t feel alone. If he has a partner to go through this recovery with, it can offer inspiration and a sense of accomplishment and you might benefit as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Cheney, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love at Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 204-4088
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