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5 Reasons a Senior Needs a Strong Support System Following Hospitalization

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Knoxville TN

No one wants to spend any time in the hospital. That is, unless you’re talking about nurses, doctors, or even maintenance personnel who work in the hospital. For the rest of us, hospitalization is Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-Knoxville-TNthe last thing we want to deal with and often something that is rarely ever in the forefront of our mind.

For seniors, though, they are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for some health issue at some point in the future. It could be a stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, aneurysm, injuries sustained in a fall, major surgery, or something else.

As people get older, the risk of hospitalization increases. Following a hospitalization will generally be some time when the senior will be discharged and sent home. Getting proper support at home is essential in the recovery process. With the proper level of support, the senior can help to reduce hospital readmission rates for themselves and increase the chances of getting back to the life they enjoyed living before their hospitalization.

Here are five reasons why a strong support system is essential for seniors following a hospitalization.

Reason #1: Knowledge.

The senior may have limited knowledge about their particular health issues, but when they rely on the right support system, especially a home care aide who has prior experience working with seniors with this particular health issue, it can provide them some valuable information and knowledge.

Reason #2: They won’t have to ‘overdo’ it.

When a senior is living alone, he or she may have a tendency to try and do too much for themselves. This could include doing laundry, preparing meals, bathing, and even taking the garbage out. With a qualified home care aide supporting them, they won’t run the risk of doing too much and putting themselves at an increased risk of hospitalization again in the future.

Reason #3: Eating right.

With an experienced caregiver working with them, this person can help them see what type of meals they can have that will be beneficial to their overall health and recovery.

Reason #4: Exercising.

In most situations, a senior will likely be encouraged by their doctor to get exercise to help in the recovery process. With the right support system, they should be able to exercise more consistently throughout the day and during the week. A physical therapist may be required in certain situations.

Reason #5: Emotional support.

A senior who lives alone and doesn’t have a physical support system may feel isolated and that can increase the risk of depression and feeling as though they simply won’t be able to make a full recovery.

By getting the proper support system at home, the senior will be surrounded by people who believe in them and will help them see that recovery is truly possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Knoxville TN, call Sitters Etc. today at (865) 595-4430 or (877) 421-2933. Serving: Knoxville, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Kingsport, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Lenoir City, Kingston, Bristol and surrounding communities.

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Beau Brothers

Owner at Sitters Etc.
In the late 1990s, Beau Brothers and his family in northeast Arkansas encountered the same frustrating dilemma that many families face when seeking qualified in-home assistance for a loved one. “When my grandmother began needing help at home on a full-time basis, we couldn’t find licensed, bonded and insured caregivers,” Beau recalls. “None of the Caregivers were officially managed or trained, nor were they even screened for a history of criminal involvement. My family and I had very little peace of mind that my grandmother’s needs were being met. From this experience, we realized a real opportunity to help other people in a similar situation.”

Beau and Kimberly Brothers have vested their time and energies toward providing the BEST CARE in the non-medical homecare field. Beau and Kimberly are both graduates of Arkansas State University where Beau attained a BSA in Accounting and Kimberly a BSA in Education. After several years of teaching, Kimberly decided to work with Sitters Etc. and assist in the expansion to Memphis, Little Rock, Chattanooga, and subsequent offices. Her personal experience with caregivers was a very positive one, when her father received hospice care for a period of time, and she found that COMPASSIONATE caregivers are sometimes the best medicine for one facing the end of life’s journey and for the family enduring the pain of loss.

Because of both their personal experiences, Beau instills in all of his employees and his family the DO IT BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE motto.
On March 17, 2009, Miss Isabella Diana Brothers joined Beau and Kimberly to expand their family to three! Isabella joined the world very early and spent over one month in the neonatal intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Weighing only 2 pounds, 12 ounces at her birth, she is now an active four-year-old with an inquiring mind!

Beau, Kimberly, and Isabella Brothers attend Brentwood Baptist Church. They happily reside in the Westhaven community of Franklin, just south of Nashville.

Beau and Kimberly understand they are blessed to work together in managing the day-to-day operations and the expansion of Sitters Etc.

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