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Caring for Yourself or a Loved One at Home After Hospitalization for Pneumonia – Tips for Avoiding Hospital Readmission!

By: Expert Author Joe Bakey, Owner, Right at Home Media PA

Recently Hospitalized with Pneumonia? Tips for Recovering at Home

While recovering from pneumonia it is vital that a patient received dedicated care in order to fully heal and prevent the illness from Checklistworsening. Of course, most people are much more comfortable at home than they are in the hospital, and would prefer to spend their recovery period in familiar surroundings, which means that transitioning from hospitalization to care at home will be preferable. Ensuring that this transition is beneficial does require some preparation.

Here are some tips for encouraging recovery from pneumonia at home:

Rest

One of the most important things that you can do when recovering from pneumonia is rest. Your body is fighting off a serious infection and will be fatigued and weak. Getting plenty of sleep and relaxation will allow your body to heal and encourage it to build up its strength and energy again.

Nutrition

You may not have much of an appetite while dealing with pneumonia, but it is critical that you continue to give your body the nutrients it needs in order to heal. If you are not up to eating your regular diet, focus on nutrition-rich, yet easy to eat foods such as chicken soup. Not only does this food carry healthy nutrients, but it is also a great source of fluids. Smoothies made from fresh fruit, ice and yogurt are also easy to eat choices that provide your body with beneficial nutrition.

Fluids

Your body is primarily comprised of water, which means making sure that you get enough fluids is vital to your body’s health and ability to heal. This is even more important when coping with a serious illness such as pneumonia. Drinking plenty of fluids will support all of your body’s function, and will also help to loosen the mucus in your lungs allowing it to become often up more easily. This will aid your body and removing the infection and getting better.

 Medication

Depending on the severity of your pneumonia, your physician may prescribe antibiotics and over-the-counter medications to help with symptoms such as pain and fever. You must take all of the medications that are prescribed to you on the schedule that was recommended. Even if you start to feel better after just a few days of treatment, make sure that you continue throughout the entire course. This will give your body the best chance of fighting off the infection rather than treating it and then stopping the treatment and allowing the illness that is still present to surge back with even more severity.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com

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