Pneumonia care at home can be challenging for people of all ages. Pneumonia is a life-threatening situation for everyone, but it is especially dangerous for infants and seniors. As people get older, their immune system becomes weaker. As a result, it’s not going to be easy for somebody in their 80s or 90s to fight off pneumonia as it would be for somebody in their 30s or 40s.
If an elderly person does not rest properly after they are hospitalized due to pneumonia, it can have a direct effect on their recovery. It could potentially lead to a readmission and while hospitals are trying to reduce these rates, those who have diagnosed with pneumonia should take recovery seriously.
Here are three possible things that could happen if the senior does not rest.
First, they could relapse.
When discharged from the hospital, many seniors who have been diagnosed with pneumonia may feel great. Well, they might not feel ‘great,’ but they will certainly feel almost like their old self again. They may feel as though they just got over the flu.
However, the virus or bacteria that has caused the pneumonia is still in the body. It has not yet been eradicated. If they don’t rest, they give the virus or bacteria a chance to reestablish itself, and that will make it even more difficult for their body, and antibiotics, to fight it off.
Second, they could easily become worn out.
If a person doesn’t take it easy and rest as recommended by their doctor, they will find it much more difficult to do even the most basic tasks around the house. They will become more easily worn out and, if they don’t have the right support, they could push themselves beyond their ‘breaking point,’ which means they are weakening their body and, subsequently, their immune system.
Third, they could become injured.
When a person is pushing themselves way beyond their normal limitations, they increase the risk of being injured in an accident. A simple fall from a chair, down the stairs, or just walking across the living room trying to vacuum can lead to a broken hip, sprained ankle, broken arm, and much more.
There are so many reasons why seniors should take pneumonia seriously and, when being discharged from the hospital, heed their doctor’s advice to rest. They should rest, take whatever prescription medications they have been given as directed, and if there are any questions, always consult their doctor first.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME CAREGIVERS IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.
Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.
Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.
Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.
Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.