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3 Common Mistakes that Don’t Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Rochester, NY

Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-RatesIn the battle to reduce hospital readmission rates, there are many things doctors, hospitals, patients, and their family members all make. A hospital readmission is technically defined as when a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

For example, if you have an aging loved one in your life who was hospitalized following major surgery, when they are discharged and sent home (they may be sent to a nursing home for a week or two until they are sent home), they need to continue with the recovery process. This may involve a visiting nurse, physical therapy, visiting their doctor for follow-up appointments, and more. It also may require dressing the wound properly, keeping an eye out for infections, etc.

If the senior is not receiving the proper level of support, those potential mistakes can cause them to relapse, experience certain complications that could have been avoided, and ultimately need to be readmitted to the hospital.

Here are three common mistakes that far too many people make when it comes to recovery at home that certainly won’t help reduce those pesky hospital readmission rates.

Common Mistake #1: Avoiding physical exercise.

Aside from pneumonia and a few other rare situations, exercise is incredibly important in the recovery process. Even for those seniors who have been diagnosed with myocardial infarction, or a heart attack, exercise is most likely recommended by their doctor.

Family members often discourage physical exercise and activity for their aging loved ones because they worry about another heart attack or other serious complication. Without getting proper physical exercise, the body is not getting the best chance at recovery.

Common Mistake #2: Not understanding recovery instructions.

Before somebody is discharged from the hospital their doctor will go over what’s expected of them to help with the recovery. If they don’t understand each step in the recovery process or those instructions, they may ignore them completely.

It’s important for the senior and anyone else who may be supporting him or her at home to ask questions and make sure they understand those recovery instructions.

Common Mistake #3: Underestimating the value of physical therapy.

For people recovering from surgery, injuries that resulted from an accident, stroke, or anything else, they may require physical therapy. An experienced physical therapist will know the best ways to motivate somebody, the best exercises to maximize the chances of making a full recovery, and more.

However, it’s far too easy to underestimate the value of a professional and experienced physical therapist. By underestimating the services, it places the senior at increased risk of relapsing, dealing with complications, and having to be readmitted to the hospital before long.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Rochester, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)