You’ve been worried about your father for a while. Now that he’s been hospitalized, you wonder what the future will hold for him. He’s about to be discharged and even though your father did not invite you into his room when his doctor was going over instructions, things he needed to do in the future to get better, he told you everything the doctor told him, supposedly.
You’re a little uncomfortable because some of the activities seem to be right up your father’s alley.
Your father has always been a physically active individual. Even at 72 he would go for jogs regularly throughout the neighborhood. He enjoyed swimming at the local YMCA. He also enjoyed playing golf with his friends.
You can’t help but notice that all of those activities are included in his ‘list’ of things his doctor advised him or encouraged him to continue doing.
How can you know if this is accurate?
Your father may be trying to quell potential arguments that could arise in the future between you and him, especially if you think he should take it easy and he wants to be active. While you may not have permission to speak to his doctor directly, you can certainly find out what activities are acceptable or even encouraged for somebody dealing with your father’s particular situation by talking to a different medical professional.
You may be able to speak to another doctor.
What many people often find to be quite surprising is that more and more medical professionals today recommend patients get exercise, including seniors following a heart attack. That may seem to go completely counter to what expectations would be in this type of situation, but if your father’s doctor follows the same ideas, the same ideology, the only way to strengthen the heart muscles is to get it exercise. The only way to get the heart exercise that is of any value is to get it elevated for at least 15 minutes every single day.
Your father could do that with a walk around the block or in the park, by doing some water aerobics, and maybe even playing golf with his friends.
It’s often difficult for us, as younger, healthier, stronger adults, to realize that staying active and getting exercise is incredibly beneficial for people of all ages, including those who may be recovering following a hospitalization, but it often is.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Manhasset, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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