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Does Dad Understand the Medications He’s Supposed to Take?

Your father may be in his 70s, 80s, or 90s and is dealing with a number of health issues. Recently, though, he was hospitalized. When he was finally discharged and sent home, his doctor admonished him to get the right type of support to make all the difference in his recovery.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Fairport NY: Medication

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Fairport NY: Medication

While his doctor may not have mentioned hospital readmission rates or how your father can reduce them, it’s a topic that has come up time and time again. Your father may be opposed to relying on home care aides or other support services, assuming your mother, you, or other family members and friends are more than enough, but did he pay close attention to his doctor upon discharge?

Having to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of his discharge date would technically be considered a readmission. That may only be important to hospitals and the federal government, but it’s important to seniors and others with regard to recovery.

The more focused your father is on his recovery, the closer he follows instructions and does the right things with regard to exercise, diet, and taking certain prescription medications, the greater his chances will be of making a healthy recovery.

About those prescription medications: does your father really understand what they are for? If a person doesn’t understand what a particular exercise, dietary change, or medication is supposed to do, they may be less inclined to follow through. If your father doesn’t understand those prescription medications clearly enough, he may not see the point, especially if they cause certain side effects he’d rather avoid.

Remember, you can’t administer them as a caregiver.

You may be his adult daughter or son or some other family member, but legally you can’t administer those medications. If he can’t take some of the medications himself, he may need a visiting nurse to provide the support he needs daily.

You can certainly remind him to take those medications.

If he has a tendency to forget, you can offer reminders about when it’s time to take certain medications. If he doesn’t understand them, a simple reminder and a pill organizer can do wonders to help him stay on track for his recovery.

Encourage him to speak to a pharmacist or his doctor.

If he has any questions about those prescription medications, he should be talking to a pharmacist or his doctor about them. He shouldn’t let those questions go unasked and unanswered. The more he understands about them, the better it’s going to be for his recovery and helping him avoid a return trip to the hospital.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Fairport, 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)

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