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3 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates for Dad this Winter

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Fairfield, NJ

Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-RatesIn the realm of hospital readmissions for seniors, there are many things they – and their family members and friends – can do to help reduce their risk for a return. No matter why a loved one has been hospitalized, it’s important to focus on taking the appropriate steps to help them recover in the future.

Below are three ways that you can actually help your aging father (or other loved one) following a hospitalization.

1. Gather enough information to be the right support system for him.

Your father may have been hospitalized following a heart attack or stroke or it could have been a planned, but significant surgery. No matter what the case, it’s essential that he and his support system has the right information about steps to take, resources available, follow-up appointments, and much more.

Anyone who has questions they don’t ask is not contributing to the recovery process. This includes your father. The first step everyone should take in encouraging an active and healthy recovery is to ask questions and gather up the necessary information to develop an appropriate support system once he is discharged and sent home.

2. Pay attention to the weather.

It can be warm one day and extremely cold the next. If your father was diagnosed with pneumonia, it’s important to keep him warm enough so that his body is not shivering. When the body shivers, the immune system can be weakened. When that happens, it increases the risk of the pneumonia coming back and that can be extremely dangerous for any senior.

When the weather is going to be incredibly warm, make sure to turn off the heat. When the temperature is going to drop, make sure the heat is on and set to an appropriate level. A fully programmable thermostat may need to be installed to help assure these consistencies, even when the weather outside is volatile.

3. Make sure he has a ride to doctor’s appointments.

If your father doesn’t drive and has no other way to get to a doctor’s appointment, he may need to rely on other transportation options, including senior transportation through the community, a cab, or even a home care aide.

The best thing anyone can do to support a loved one who has been hospitalized is to rely on the services of an experienced home care aide. A visiting nurse, physical therapist, and other professionals may be necessary as part of the recovery process.

For home care in Fairfield, NJ, call 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

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Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.
Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.

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