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5 Signs a Senior Needs Help with Their Recovery

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Brooklyn NY

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesRecovering from any major illness, medical emergency, or surgery can take time. This is true for people in their early 20s, kids, middle-aged adults, and seniors. What can be different, though, for elderly individuals is just how long it can take to recover.

The more support and care the senior gets at home, the more likely they’re going to recover and get back to life the way they knew it, or at least as close as possible given their health situation.

When trying to determine if an elderly loved one requires assistance, it can be difficult. You can ask them, but they can certainly shoo you away and tell you everything’s fine. Given enough questions and persistence, it can lead the senior to telling you or somebody else to not bother calling them for a while, that they don’t need this extra stress and anxiety.

There are usually plenty of signs a senior is having difficulty with their recovery and are at an increased risk of returning to the hospital. A hospital readmission is technically any time somebody has to return and stay within 30 days of their discharge, but anytime things are not going as smoothly as hoped or expected by their doctor is cause for concern.

Here are five signs the senior might just need some extra help with this recovery, whether or not they ask for it or are open and honest about the challenges their facing.

Sign #1: They’re not following through.

If the senior has been instructed to get exercise, change their diet, or do other things by their doctor and they’re not following through, that’s a pretty good sign the recovery is not going as well as might be otherwise expected.

Sign #2: They’re confused.

If the elderly person is confused about the instructions, medications they’re supposed to take, exercises they need to do, or anything else, they’re less likely to actually do them.
They may need reminders or advice about how to do certain tasks, and that can be provided through experienced and professional home care.

Sign #3: They forget to take medications.

Family members and even friends can certainly remind the senior to take medications at specific times, but technically they are not permitted by law to administer those medications. The proper type of support, such as a visiting nurse, maybe necessary to help in this type of situation.

Sign #4: They don’t feel like anything is getting better.

If the senior feels discouraged and they don’t believe they’re recovering or getting better,
it’s more likely they’ll stop doing what’s necessary altogether.

Sign #5: They’re asking for help, but not in so many words.

Sometimes it’s necessary to ‘read between the lines’ to determine if somebody is actually asking for help. If the senior is asking questions, expresses concern about their safety, not being able to get back to what they used to enjoy, or something similar, they may be asking for help, but don’t know how to do it in a straightforward manner.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Brooklyn, NY, please call the caring staff at Right at Home of Brooklyn (347) 334-5382.

Author: Walter Ochoa, Owner, Right at Home Brooklyn Walter Ochoa is the owner and operator of Right at Home, which is located in Brooklyn.

Walter graduated from the University of the Valley in Guatemala. He met and married his college sweetheart, Jean, who is American. They moved to Brooklyn, where they currently live with their 2 children. They are very involved in the community.

Walter has worked for some of the top financial service companies holding various positions from Project Management to Compliance Control Specialist. Despite his success, he had always wanted to do something more fulfilling that would give him a greater sense of inner satisfaction. He wanted to assist those who wished to stay in their own homes, but could no longer do it alone, like the elderly and disabled. So when the opportunity arose for him to start his own business, he took it. In 2010, Walter and Jean ventured to open Right at Home of Brooklyn, which services all of New York City.

Walter knows he made the right decision because he saw the need was definitely there. Now Right at Home assists not only the elderly and disabled, but adults of any age that need some assistance or an extra hand to continue living Right at Home.” That conviction, plus his Culture of Care philosophy, makes Right at Home one of the most Care driven Home Care agencies around.

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Walter Ochoa

Owner & Operator at Right at Home Brooklyn
Walter Ochoa is the owner and operator of Right at Home, which is located in Brooklyn. Walter graduated from the University of the Valley in Guatemala. He met and married his college sweetheart, Jean, who is American. They moved to Brooklyn, where they currently live with their 2 children. They are very involved in the community.

Walter has worked for some of the top financial service companies holding various positions from Project Management to Compliance Control Specialist. Despite his success, he had always wanted to do something more fulfilling that would give him a greater sense of inner satisfaction. He wanted to assist those who wished to stay in their own homes, but could no longer do it alone, like the elderly and disabled. So when the opportunity arose for him to start his own business, he took it. In 2010, Walter and Jean ventured to open Right at Home of Brooklyn, which services all of New York City.

Walter knows he made the right decision because he saw the need was definitely there. Now Right at Home assists not only the elderly and disabled, but adults of any age that need some assistance or an extra hand to continue living Right at Home”. That conviction, plus his Culture of Care philosophy, makes Right at Home one of the most Care driven Home Care agencies around.