When George was hospitalized, he wasn’t quite sure what was going on. The last thing he remembered before losing consciousness was the incredible tightness in his chest and arm. He called out for help, and while his voice seemed to be so weak and raspy, as though it never actually left his lips, his wife did hear something, then she heard the crash. The heart attack came on suddenly, but fortunately help arrived almost as quickly.
While he was in the hospital recovering, his doctor talked about support.
When he was discharged in a few days, his doctor told him to make sure he had the right kind of support. He told him his wife was going to be there around-the-clock, but his doctor looked at him, tilted his head just slightly, and said he needed to have experienced help.
“You need somebody who has gone through this before,” his doctor said. “I suggest home care support services. I can have our staff here recommend a few agencies for you to look into.”
George did not know what to make of this.
He figured his wife was going to be enough help. His doctor was talking about exercise, possibly some physical therapy, and eating a bit differently. He can exercise with some minimal help. Physical therapy was a different case, but he was sure his wife could drive him to the therapist. His diet was something his wife would control.
He talked about it with his family, and they also sought the same way, but when he talked about it with his doctor once more, the day he was being discharged, his doctor explained that an experienced home care aide could provide the kind of boost, support, and encouragement his family might not.
“You see,” his doctor said, “far too many families think exercise is the absolute last thing a heart attack victim should be doing. However, it’s one of the most important because that’s the only way your heart muscles will get stronger.”
The doctor went on to explain that home care aides can see things family members can’t and when you’re talking about recovery and avoiding the risk of a hospital readmission before too long, that is essential.
His doctor went on to explain that this kind of caregiver might only be needed for a couple of weeks and before he knew it, George would be back to his normal life and routine with just his family.
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