Ways the Right New Year’s Resolutions Can Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Everett WA
There are so many different ways you can improve the quality of your life. When you’re talking about someone who may be struggling with their health, especially an elderly individual, the goal may be to reduce hospital readmission rates.
New Year’s resolutions are common for many Americans. The New Year gives us an opportunity to improve our lives. Even though it’s a lot like birthdays in that you don’t really feel any different once the calendar hits that specific date, it’s a chance to determine how you’re going to improve on your life.
When a person has to be admitted to the hospital for any reason, when they are released and sent home, they will need to do certain things to aide in the recovery process. If they don’t follow their medical professional’s advice, such as get adequate rest, exercise, eat healthier, and so on, then they could very find themselves back in the hospital before they realize it.
If they are admitted to the hospital within 30 days of their release, that is considered a readmission. There has been a lot of attention back by the federal government on finding ways to reduce these hospital readmission rates, so what could you do to improve health and well-being for yourself or someone else as they return home?
- I resolve to get the appropriate amount of exercise, as prescribed by my doctor. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 25 or 85, everyone needs some amount of exercise. Paying attention to what the doctor says is important. It may even be beneficial to have a physical therapist come by a couple of times a week to assist with this.
- I resolve to change my diet to something healthier. A healthy diet doesn’t mean a boring one; there are plenty of recipes that are both health and tasty. Consult a nutritionist to find out what might work best for your particular palette.
- Follow up with the doctor if you experience any problems. This doesn’t mean you have to call him or her on a daily basis to check in, but if you feel something that’s not right (you know your body best), it may be worthwhile to call and just let them know. There could be a medication that’s causing a side effect or some other aspect that could be addressed as soon as possible and that could mean the difference between a healthy recovery and having to be readmitted to the hospital.
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