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3 Ways Pneumonia Recovery is Complicated During Winter

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Squirrel Hill PA

Making a full recovery from pneumonia can be a challenge, especially for older seniors. Pneumonia is an extremely serious medical emergency for people of all ages, but it is especially dangerousReduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-Squirrel-Hill-PA for infants and seniors. Pneumonia is a long disease that can be fatal if it’s not treated early and properly.

When an elderly individual has been hospitalized due to pneumonia, they may spend several days or even weeks in the hospital before they are discharged and sent home. When they are finally discharged, it’s usually the result of their body (along with various medications) getting a handle on the virus or bacteria and fighting it back enough.

Even though seniors are not often thinking much about hospital readmission rates, they are thinking about getting over the particular reason they had been hospitalized in the first place. In this particular situation, getting proper pneumonia care at home is essential.

Here are three ways that recovery from pneumonia can actually be complicated more during the winter months.

1. The cold temperatures.

Having to go outside in extremely cold weather is going to be harsh on the body, especially the lungs. This can be even more challenging and even treacherous for those who have been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Unless the senior absolutely has to get outside for some reason, such as getting to a follow-up doctor’s appointment, they should avoid going outside for an extended length of time following their discharge from the hospital. It may take their body a couple weeks or more before it has completely expelled the pneumonia from it.

2. Restlessness.

During the winter months people have a tendency to be locked up inside, especially when it is snowing and extremely cold outside. By being restless, the senior may have a tendency to try and do too much (more than they should even bother trying) and that can actually cause the infection to grow worse once again.

This restlessness is a common reason why seniors have to be re-hospitalized due to pneumonia a second time.

3. Not getting proper support.

For seniors living in the northern portion of the country, if there is inclement weather, a family member or a caregiver may not be able to get to their house to support them properly. As a result, the senior may try to do too much and put themselves at risk of having the pneumonia come back full bore.

When it comes to pneumonia care at home, it’s essential to rely on an experienced caregiver and build a strong support system of family, friends, and neighbors for at least several weeks after they’ve been discharged from the hospital.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Squirrel Hill, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551

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Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS

President at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970
• Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Serivces.

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