The early morning hours when you received the call that your mother had been hospitalized immediately ripped you from your sleep. As you got ready to go to the hospital, you wondered how things were going to turn out. You were hoping she would survive whatever had happened, but you prepared yourself for the worst.
When you finally arrived at the hospital, you may have been met with friends or other family members. You were informed she had a stroke. Immediately, so many thoughts began swirling through your mind, and you kept thinking about worst-case scenarios.
The stroke was considered a mid-level medical emergency.
In other words, your mother’s doctor anticipated that she would recover at least to some degree, but she wasn’t confident in your mother’s ability to regain mobility.
You knew your mother was an extremely active woman.
Before the stroke your mother spent a lot of time with her friends, going to the mall for walks every morning to get exercise, heading to the park to enjoy the beautiful summer days, and tinkering around her own garden. You knew without the ability to get around your mother was going to be depressed, anxious, and not see the point to recovery.
While your mother wasn’t focused on readmission, you were.
You had heard about hospital readmission rates. You had heard that the federal government was placing more pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, and that meant more resources, information, and other benefits to patients following their discharge.
The more you spoke to your mother, the more you began to realize she didn’t see any point in life. She was having difficulty just communicating. She was going to require physical therapy and even occupational therapy to help her regain strength, mobility to some degree, and the ability to manipulate objects once again.
This is a long road and she didn’t think she had the strength to travel it.
You thought about supporting her yourself. However, you have a full-time job and a number of other responsibilities. You also don’t have the experience needed to provide her the best chance at recovery. That’s why you finally sat down to talk to her about home care support.
An experienced aide, a physical therapist, a visiting nurse, and an occupational therapist could all help your mother see the benefit in recovery, working hard at it, and returning to some of the activities, at the very least, she once enjoyed on her own.
Have questions about home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Waikiki, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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