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When a Caregiver Is Balancing Many Things, It Can Increase the Risk of Readmissions for the Senior

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Most people would have a tendency to assume that if the senior’s recovery is not going according to plan, it’s the elderly person’s fault. After all, if that senior is not changing his or her diet, is not listening to their doctor’s advice, is not exercising when they should be, then that is going to have a negative impact on the recovery itself.

However, it could be due to the caregiver as well.

Most people don’t think much about hospital readmissions, but they should. A hospital readmission would occur if a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Some people consider it a readmission when they have to go back within 60 or even 90 days.

Whatever the time frame, a readmission is not a good sign.

If somebody has to spend more time in the hospital, it could be due to complications, unforeseen circumstances, poor support, or the individual not really heeding their doctor’s advice. However, what happens if the family member looking after this loved one suddenly becomes overwhelmed with stress and anxiety?

Will they be there for the senior every day?

If somebody thought this was going to be a relatively simple job (just stop by every day, check in to make sure they’re safe, possibly help them in the kitchen for a few minutes, and then get on the road again), it rarely is. It may start out simple enough, but the more support a person receives while going through recovery, the more likely they will be calling on that caregiver over and over again.

That can begin eroding the caregiver’s time, causing stress and anxiety, and it could lead to missed opportunities and days. In other words, if the caregiver gets burned out supporting this senior through the recovery, what if he or she skips a day? What if that one skipped day leads to two?

Before long, that senior is struggling to figure out how to do a host things on his or her own throughout the day. They may skip exercise. They might not eat like they should. Their safety may be compromised as well.

If any family member feels as though he or she is getting worn out, instead of ignoring the situation they should be encouraged to sit down and discuss the prospect of home care support services. A home care aide or visiting nurse can relieve the family member while also providing the senior with optimal support through recovery.

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.