How great are the chances an elderly person is going to recover following a hospitalization? That depends on many, many factors. One of the most significant is their determination to get back to life as they knew it before this medical emergency that resulted in a hospitalization.
Most seniors aren’t thinking about readmissions, but they should.
Most people don’t think about the chances of having to be readmitted to the hospital. They think about recovery. They think about this new reality in life. They may even just focus on activities they had to give up as a result of this medical emergency.
A hospital readmission is defined by the federal government as any time a patient needs to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. The federal government has been placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates and that has led to more information and other resources to patients upon discharge.
However, hospitals do not control a patient’s determination.
Only the individual can determine how much effort they will put into the recovery process. If a senior feels as though the best years of their life are well behind them, they might not be inspired to push through recovery.
They might not be inclined to work with a physical therapist, exercise, or change their diet.
It’s important, then, for these men and women to realize the benefits in recovery.
How can we do that? How can a family member, such as an adult child or even a spouse, convince an elderly loved one that their effort will determine how much they recover? That can be difficult. Each person is different and will respond to various stimuli and encouragement differently as well.
The best thing is to focus on activities the senior might still be able to do, if they recover as their doctor expects. If a person assumes they won’t be able to return to gardening, playing golf, or doing some of those other activities they used to enjoy, they will be much less inclined to work through recovery.
However, if they see these activities as being possible once again, it can make all the difference in their motivation. When a person is actively engaged in recovery, when they are motivated, when they see progress, however slow, it can be the difference between recovery and a potential readmission. Home care support from an experienced caregiver is another active decision the senior can make to maximize their chances of recovery.
Angel Alliance Caregivers of Galloway, NJ is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (609) 965-0028.
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