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Loneliness Can and Often Does Affect Recovery for Seniors

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Plainview NY

Most of us, at some point in our life, have felt lonely. Even if we’ve been married to our high school sweetheart for 20 years, there’s a chance we can feel lonely. Parents raising four or five children, volunteering in their community, and spending a good amount of time with friends or other family members can even feel lonely. When a person has been hospitalized in their 60s, 70s, or 80s and is sent home to recover, they might feel lonely, too.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Plainview NY

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Plainview NY

Even if they live with their spouse of 50 or 60 years, their adult child and his or her family, or friends, they can still feel lonely from time to time.

Loneliness can be exacerbated by physical limitations. 

If a person was hospitalized following a minor stroke or heart attack, for example, they may be expected to return to their old way of life relatively quickly. However, they might feel as though they can no longer do some of the things they used to enjoy.

They may be extremely worried about their health and a repeat of what they just went through. A person who experiences even the slightest heart attack certainly doesn’t want to feel those sensations again. The tightening in the chest, the shortness of breath, the pressure on their arm or shoulder, and the fear that follows close behind.

That can cause them to remain at home, in the room, and isolated. Loneliness can certainly be an issue for seniors following a hospitalization. That loneliness could be self-imposed or it could be the result of their limited strength, mobility, or their doctor discouraging them from being too active too quickly.

How loneliness could impact recovery itself. 

Loneliness can cause an increased risk of depression and other emotional challenges. If a person feels lonely and isolated, the risk of depression is elevated, and that can cause them to feel more withdrawn and isolated. It’s sort of like a Catch-22.

The best way to overcome loneliness is to get out and exposed to friends, family, and activities that are of interest. However, if the senior is limited in their mobility or other physical activities, they may not see how it’s possible to get engaged in life once again.

This is where an experienced home care aide can play an integral role in recovery. Through companionship, encouragement, and physical support, and possibly even transportation services, an elderly client can feel inspired to focus on his or her recovery and that can lead to a strong re-engagement in life much quicker than if they simply worked on their recovery alone.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care for seniors to reduce hospital readmission rates in Plainview, 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!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

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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