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What Happens When Dad Doesn’t Consider His Doctor’s Advice for Recovery?

Your father is a relatively obtuse individual. Sometimes you consider him to be ornery or downright mean. That’s not the case, even though you may get frustrated with him from time to time. Perhaps he had a heart attack recently and is in the hospital. Maybe he’s been discharged and already sent home.

You want him to focus on his recovery, but he refuses to listen to his doctor’s advice. This is causing you stress, anxiety, and frustration. What’s going to happen if he continues to ignore those important instructions.

He won’t get stronger.

Even though he may feel strong and independent, he’s going to feel significantly weaker than he was prior to this medical emergency. His doctor probably recommended physical therapy or exercise so if he’s not doing those things, his muscles and heart are not having an opportunity to get stronger. That means he won’t get stronger.

He may feel low on energy.

He may wake up tired. He might go throughout the day feeling like you can’t do anything on his own. He may prefer to simply sit down, watch TV, and assume he’s going to get better in time. After certain medical emergencies like heart attacks, the body is not going to get stronger and the individual is not likely going to regain much energy unless they take an active part in their recovery.

It will certainly increase the risk of a readmission.

Technically, a hospital readmission is anytime somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. If your father is refusing to listen to and heed his doctor’s advice and instruction, it dramatically increases the risk he will need to be readmitted before long. This could be due to another heart attack, some other health emergency, or something else that puts his health and possibly his life in jeopardy.

It certainly can increase mortality risks.

After a heart attack the heart is weaker. More and more doctors today recommended exercise for heart attack patients because that’s the only way to truly get the heart stronger. If your father is not following through and is not listening to the instructions his doctor gave him, he’s probably not exercising.

If he’s not doing these things, maybe not even taking medications, the risk of mortality is going to increase. Your father may not seem to care, but he may not realize he can really get back to the things he used to enjoy. That’s where you have to convince him recovery is still possible, and the right home care support can help make that happen.

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Terrell, TX, please contact the caring staff at Visiting Angels. Call today: (972) 588-4534.

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William Butler

For 30 years I managed facilities. My first employer was Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. This campus began as a 50 bed hospital. During the 12 years I worked there we added a Professional building and increased the bed count to 99 beds. We also added a Building for Trinity Valley Community College to teach nursing. My next employer was El Centro College where I started out managing a 369,374 sq. ft. college campus. Over the years we purchased an office building of 172,156 sq. ft. which we remodeled and moved our nursing program into. In addition to that I was given responsibility for 128,858 sq. ft. where we taught vocational programs. We then designed and built a 34,600 sq. ft. building as a satellite campus and finally I was given responsibility over a 37,888 sq. ft. office building for a grand total of 742,896 sq. ft.

In 2012 while still working at the college my wife of 45 years began to develop Alzheimer’s. She had always expressed the desire to remain in our home if something like this happened. I began to think of the various ways that I could fulfill her wish. After a great deal of deliberation our daughter and I decided that opening a Visiting Angels Franchise would be the best option. In August of 2013 we went to training and came home with a great deal of enthusiasm. We have been up and running for close to two years now and we have helped so many people that have the same desire as my wife. They have many different stories but they all have one thing in common they want to spend their last days in familiar surroundings with the memories of a life time.

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