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Even for Short-Term Care Following a Hospitalization, Boundaries Are Essential When an Aging Senior Moves In

It’s a wonderful thing when you have the space to open up your home to somebody you care about who may be recovering following a hospitalization. This might be your mother, father, or some other individual. For you, this is only going to be a short-term endeavor. You’re not expecting the recovery process to take all that long, but it’s still a good idea to establish boundaries.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Penfield NY: Setting Boundaries

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Penfield NY: Setting Boundaries

You want to help them have the best chances at recovery.

You’re concerned about their safety and well-being. The last thing you want is for than to end up back in the hospital, especially on your ‘watch.’ A hospital readmission is technically defined as any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge. While there are going to be situations that arise for which there’s really nothing anyone can do to prevent them, many cases involve inadequate support, accidents, and other complications that could have been avoided.

You understand this, which is why you have encouraged this elderly person to come and stay with you for at least a few weeks, possibly a couple of months. If you don’t establish boundaries, though, things can go from decent to bad to worse very quickly.

Let’s look at an example.

An aging senior had been hospitalized following a heart attack. His adult daughter encouraged him to come and stay with her, her husband, and her family for a few weeks while he began his recovery. At first, he was a bit uncomfortable. He didn’t want to ask for help, especially at night when he had to get up and go to the bathroom. That led to a slip and fall.

Fortunately, he avoided major injuries, but after a long, honest discussion the next day with everyone, he began calling on them for just about everything. Within a few weeks, his heart was doing better, but his strength had declined. He had been overly dependent because they didn’t establish boundaries on what he could or couldn’t do and just how much assistance he could receive.

Boundaries can also be a great asset for emotional reasons.

Medical emergencies can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. It can put pressure on relationships. By establishing these boundaries, people can maintain their autonomy and still provide support or rely on that level of assistance without feeling guilty or frustrated.

Recovery could take a while, but whether it’s going to be just a couple of weeks or a few months, these boundaries can be an integral part of the recovery process while maintaining healthy relationships during it.

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