COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is considered a progressive disease. That essentially means it is going to get progressively worse over time. There are many symptoms of COPD, including a persistent coughing that can produce a great deal of mucus and also cause shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and some other symptoms. When a person has been diagnosed with COPD and is hospitalized for some other situation, related or not, the recovery process is going to be complicated.
For example, a person who recently had a heart attack and is also dealing with COPD is going to face an extremely complicated recovery process. The risk of a hospital readmission for this individual may actually be increased because of COPD and potentially other factors.
A person with COPD is not likely going to be able to exercise.
Following a heart attack, more doctors are recommending their patients get exercise. That provides a couple of benefits. First, exercise allows the person to begin regaining strength. After a heart attack and hospitalization, people in their 70s or 80s, for example, will likely lose muscle mass. It might be much more difficult for them to get out of bed without assistance, walk down the hall, or even get up and down stairs. Exercise can help them regain at least some strength in their legs and other parts of their body. Exercise is also the only way to strengthen the heart muscles.
So what happens when someone can’t exercise?
The recovery process becomes extremely complicated. Since they can’t exercise, because exercise is only going to inflame the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, they may be relegated to simpler activities, more prescription medications, or a greater focus on improving their diet regimen.
It becomes essential that these individuals have the right support.
Family are often the ones who step up to help their loved ones following a hospitalization. However, when somebody has been diagnosed with COPD and has recently been hospitalized, it’s a good idea to focus on home care support services.
An experienced aide can provide optimal support for those seniors who are facing a potentially lengthy recovery at home. When caregivers have a great deal of experience supporting seniors going through this recovery and especially those who have been diagnosed with COPD, it can help them stay on track and possibly even reduce the risk of a readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Islip, 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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