Recovery from a major medical emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, can be difficult for people of all ages. For seniors, recovery may be a tougher road ahead for many reasons. One thing that can make recovery especially difficult for elderly men and women is their physical limitations.
Why physical limitations matter.
If a person has difficulty getting up and down the stairs, walking down the hall without assistance, or even getting out of bed, how could they even imagine doing certain exercise routines or working with a physical therapist?
That might not be practical, at least in some individuals minds.
How can you help?
Family and friends can assist these seniors in many different ways. One is to encourage leaning on those around them when they need assistance. Another is to talk about home care as a viable option to consider.
A home care aide can assist these elderly clients getting out of bed, getting into and out of the shower, preparing meals, keeping the house clean, going shopping, and much more. By being able to do some of these tasks, even if they need to have somebody else there to assist them, can provide motivation for some seniors to keep working through their exercise routines, physical therapy, and other instructions their doctor provided for them.
Not everyone will respond positively to home care.
Not every senior is going to feel as though what they do now makes any difference at all. Some may view the course of their life as basically coming to an end. They might not see the value in working so hard with physical therapy, exercising for weeks and even months on end, and for what?
So they can face another challenge in a few months? So they can suffer another heart attack or stroke or some other debilitating medical emergency?
That mode of thinking can certainly affect people in many ways.
It can cause some seniors to forget about recovery, not worry about what’s going to happen in the future, and not care about their health and well-being. If that happens, recovery is much less likely to go along smoothly.
It becomes absolutely crucial in this situation to find ways to motivate our loved ones, those seniors, to keep working through the recovery. Help them see that with the right effort they can get back to what they had been enjoying before, if at all possible.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Richmond Hill, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.
Our mission is to support a society in which respect for the rights and dignity of people is a practical reality in all areas of life, where discrimination is a thing of the past, and where a positive view of ill and aging people prevails. We strive to ensure that every individual is informed, supported and encouraged to embrace a lifestyle that has continued meaning, purpose and value. Together these actions genuinely empower and respect individuals’ abilities to make independent choices based on their personal interests, capacities and needs.
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