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Keeping a Checklist May Help Mom Stay on Track for Her Recovery

Your mother was hospitalized relatively recently and is facing a potentially lengthy recovery process. The last thing you or anyone else in the family wants is for her to end up back in the hospital before long. That would probably be technically called a hospital readmission, at least if she were readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Southampton NY: Keeping a Recovery Checklist

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Southampton NY: Keeping a Recovery Checklist

Helping people keep track of their progress is one of the best ways to keep them motivated. What happens far too often, though, especially during a recovery from a major medical emergency, surgery, or injuries, is that the individual going to physical therapy, exercising, changing their diet, and struggling with their own basic care feels as though they are not making any progress.

A checklist may help.

A checklist can help people see that certain things have been accomplished, milestones have been reached, and that can allow them to see progress when they don’t feel as though anything is working properly.

It’s a great way to keep people focused.

Your mother might be in her 60s, 70s, or 80s. As a result, the recovery may take longer than she hopes. She may even begin to feel like there’s no hope for her own future. If she is not staying focused on the future, on things she might be able to still do, it’s going to be more difficult for her to find the motivation to push through these difficult exercise routines or physical therapy.

This checklist can be a great way for her to see that she is getting to her goal and all she needs to do is keep on top of this recovery.

She will see progress over time.

This works for anyone, regardless of age and regardless of the goals they set forth for themselves. When they have a checklist of things they need to accomplish at specific intervals, when they can actually make a check mark next to them, indicating the task is completed, it can feel great.

When your mother sees progress, she will continue to remain inspired and focused, even when things become a bit too difficult.

Ultimately, it can be far too easy to be dejected.

The older a person is, the more serious the health issue that caused the hospitalization, the easier it will be for him or her to feel dejected. By having a checklist and goals, it might help your mother stay focused and moving toward the primary goal, which is recovery.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Southampton, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.

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Beth McNeill-Muhs

Beth McNeill-Muhs has been an active member of the East End community since 1998. After graduating from Long Island University in Southampton, Beth began working with some of the Hamptons most prominent living artists and developed affiliations with the communities leading creative arts organizations and institutions, such as the Guild Hall Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill Center and more. After many years in the field of fine art Beth began to understand the importance of art as a tool for healing, as well as an opportunity to engage the mind and transform the way we live and think.

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