COPD is a serious lung condition and it can affect many aspects of a senior’s life. If they have been hospitalized for some other reason, whether it was due to a heart attack, stroke, major surgery or something else, when they’re on the road to recovery, dealing with COPD can complicate the process.
The difficulty breathing can limit exercise potential.
In many cases, aside from pneumonia and some other conditions, a person would most likely benefit from exercise. Exercise not only helps all of the muscles in the body get stronger, including the heart, it can also reduce the risk of another emergency occurring that lands them back in the hospital.
While most people are focused on readmissions, it’s something to think about.
Technically, according to the federal government if somebody needs to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, that’s considered a ‘readmission.’ In most cases this kind of readmission is unavoidable, so long as the person has adequate support, follows their doctor’s instructions, gets to follow up appointments, and has their progress monitored.
If a person is struggling with COPD, getting adequate oxygen into their body becomes more challenging. They may be relying on an oxygen tank and discouraged from taking part in anything that is considered physical exertion. That means exercise and possibly even working with a physical therapist could be deemed dangerous or unnecessary for this individual.
Family, friends, and even the person diagnosed with COPD should know as much as they can about this disease and the other situation that landed them in the hospital. They should be clear on what the expectations are, what their doctor offers as a prognosis, what foods to avoid, what foods are healthy, what activities are not appropriate for them to do at this point in their life, and what, if anything, can be done to help maximize the chances of recovery, despite this serious illness.
A person who ignores these things because they think they have everything figured out or they have basically given up on life is increasing the risk of other serious health issues or complications arising. When people focus on their recovery and want to avoid a return trip to the hospital, they will ask questions and seek out proper support.
Some of the best support these men and women could rely upon come in the form of home care providers.
If you or an aging loved one are considering reducing hospital readmission rates in Omaha, NE, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha at (402) 215-0308 today.
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