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Dealing with Pneumonia Recovery for Seniors

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Wilmington DE

Recovering from pneumonia can take several days, weeks, or even months, depending on the severity of the viral or bacterial infection, the health of the individual, their age, and many other factors. For the senior who has recently been hospitalized due to pneumonia, it’s absolutely crucial they get the right support and care at home once they’re discharged.

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Wilmington DE

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Wilmington DE

Unfortunately, far too many people feel completely healed when they are discharged from the hospital following a bout with pneumonia. That’s a false sense of security because the virus or bacteria is still in the body. If they don’t get proper rest and take care of themselves as directed, they give the pneumonia a chance to reestablish itself, which can make it far more dangerous the second time around.

Here are some things seniors and others should keep in mind for the pneumonia recovery process at home.

First, rest is absolutely essential.

Just because a person may be feeling much better when they are discharged doesn’t mean they are out of the woods, so to speak. They need to rest. If they have a tendency to prepare meals, do the laundry, clean the house, run all sorts of errands, and stay as active as possible, it’s a good idea to encourage them to rely on the support of family members, friends, or better yet a home care aide.

Second, they need to drink plenty of water.

They will have what is best described as a phlegmy cough. That cough is being productive, and the phlegm does not indicate their lungs are filled with fluid. They still need to drink plenty of water and stay properly hydrated.

During the winter months, there’s actually a greater risk of becoming dehydrated because people don’t feel as thirsty during the winter as they might during the summer, especially if they are more active during the summer months.

Third. They need to rest.

This is not repeated accidentally. It is simply that important. If they are not resting, they are giving the virus or bacteria a second chance. Pneumonia is dangerous enough the first time around; don’t give it another try.

Fourth, don’t suppress the cough.

As mentioned, that cough is being productive. It’s helping to expel the virus or bacteria from the lungs. If the cough is persistent, painful, or otherwise disruptive, the senior should consult his or her doctor immediately. Offering an over-the-counter cough suppressant could actually make the recovery process drag on longer than necessary.

If you or an aging loved one are thinking about hiring help for home care services in Wilminton DE, please contact the caring staff at Macklyn Home Care. Call today! 302-691-3217.

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Krista Gaul

Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care
Krista is the Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care. At Macklyn Home Care, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to individuals who wish to remain independent in their own home; and community for as long as possible.

You can trust us to deliver an uncompromising level of personal care with gentleness and compassion. We’re there when you need us! Whether it’s for just ONE HOUR a day or 24/7. Just give us a call and we will be there.

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