Doesn’t laughing feel good? Of course it does. Laughter is often considered the ‘best medicine.’ There’s something about laughter that is not just infectious, but also provides us a boost in our emotional state of mind. Studies have shown that laughter can actually inspire the release of certain chemicals in the brain that are associated with positive feelings. When somebody has been hospitalized, they might not have much to laugh about, especially if they’re facing a lengthy recovery process.
For seniors, there may be numerous questions about this recovery.
Their doctor may not be able to tell them with any real confidence what his or her expectations are. She might say something like, “You will certainly improve, but I would be a bit reserved as far as your expectations.”
There’s also often a great deal of fear and anxiety when somebody in their 70s or 80s is in the hospital. They know they’re advanced in years and understand that things generally go downhill from this point on.
If a person recently had a stroke, how are they going to laugh? How are they going to feel inspired to work so hard with a physical therapist? How are they going to believe they can get back to some of the activities they used to take for granted and enjoy so much?
It’s not going to be easy. However, each little step they take, each minor victory is going to keep them moving forward, on the path toward recovery. Along the way there are going to be numerous challenges, bumps in the road, hurdles, and failures.
This is where having the right support is so important.
Family is great, but nothing is better than experienced caregivers.
Family can be a wonderful support. They can offer the emotional encouragement, love, and nurturing a person needs, but experienced home care aides understand what it takes to recover. They have often worked with other elderly clients who went through the same things.
By separating the two, family can focus on the emotional components, helping this person find laughter and joy in their life once again. They can talk about memories that were wonderful, discuss dreams about the future, and keep that elderly parent, sibling, or spouse focused on staying as positive as possible.
Watching some comedians, sharing wonderful memories, and more may all inspire laughter, which can be the boost this elderly person needs to help him or her push through this long and lengthy recovery.
If you are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Bellville, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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