Spending any time in the hospital because of pneumonia can be frustrating as well as frightening. The older a person is, the more dangerous pneumonia can be. For an elderly individual, if the medications and treatments doctors are prescribing are working, they will eventually be discharged and sent home.
However, this isn’t the end of the story.
Anyone who has dealt with pneumonia understands they will often feel much better even though the virus or bacteria is still in their system. It takes a while to completely eradicate this illness, and to help reduce the risk of a person being readmitted to the hospital because of complications or because the pneumonia comes back stronger again, here are five tips to consider.
Tip #1: Rest.
There is absolutely no excuse for why a person does not get adequate rest when dealing with pneumonia. Proper pneumonia care at home always begins with rest. If this individual is responsible for taking care of children, their spouse, or other things, they need help.
Tip #2: Heed their doctor’s advice.
It’s easy for people to assume a doctor was just being a bit overprotective or doesn’t really know what he or she is talking about when the individual feels completely fine. Most of the time when a person is discharged from the hospital following his stay due to pneumonia, they feel pretty good.
They assume everything’s fine, so they basically toss their doctor’s advice aside and go back to their normal routine in life. It’s absolute crucial to pay attention to those instructions and heed them properly.
Tip #3: Rely on home care.
Family and friends are certainly more than willing to help out a lot of the time, but that’s not the best scenario. The best circumstance in this type of situation is to rely on an experienced home care aide. Home care aides who work for agencies often work with other seniors going through the same fight to recover from pneumonia and may very well have great strategies that can be effective.
Tip #4: Don’t suppress the cough.
That cough can be a pain in the neck. As long as it’s not causing extreme pain or discomfort, there should be no effort to suppress it. That’s because the cough is producing phlegm, which is helping to expel the pneumonia from the body.
Tip #5: Focus on activities a couple months down the road.
Even though this senior wants to get back to their normal life right now, they should focus on things a month or two down the road. This will help them avoid the temptation to overdo things, push themselves a little bit too far, and then suffer a relapse and a readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in West Hempstead, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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