Your father may be in his 70s, 80s, or 90s and has been hospitalized. It’s a difficult thing for him to deal with, and it’s certainly going to be stressful for you and the rest of your family. You have been waiting for his discharge and being hopeful that he’ll be able to get back to at least some semblance of normalcy before long.
After a hospitalization, your elderly father may need to make certain changes in his life. Some of those changes can certainly be difficult for him to accept. However, if he doesn’t make some of those changes, he could be putting himself at unnecessary risk. In fact, he could be increasing the risk of a readmission to the hospital in the future.
Depending on the situation, the emergency that caused his hospitalization, he may need to make certain changes for his health and future.
He might need to change his diet.
Whether he had a stroke, heart attack, major surgery, or some other emergency that landed him in the hospital, it could be related, however loosely, to his diet and exercise. If his doctor has recommended a change in diet and he lives alone, that might be a difficult thing for him to do.
Hiring a home care aide can help in this regard. While it’s easy to rely on family members and friends, he may not listen to their admonishments or advice. He may be more inclined to listen to a professional who has a great deal of experience supporting other seniors through recovery.
He may need to get more exercise.
As just mentioned, exercise may be just as important as changing his diet. Depending on various factors, exercise could include simply walking at a brisker pace than he’s used to.
Many doctors recommend their patients get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day, and that includes seniors who were recently hospitalized due to a heart attack or stroke.
He needs to learn to rest.
If your father is an active person, it might be difficult for him to rest. However, rest may be absolutely essential to his recovery. When he relies on professional support services, especially in the form of a home care aide, he may be more inclined to listen to that individual rather than you or other family members. That can help him get the kind of rest he needs to recover.
The best thing he can do right now is to rely on home care support services.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.