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When Arthritis Impacts Recovery and Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Long Island NY

Arthritis can affect people in many different ways. For some, it can be a minor nuisance or inconvenience. For others, it can be downright painful and force them to alter their routine or give up Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-in-Long-Island-NYcertain activities they used to enjoy.

When seniors are set to be discharged from the hospital following a stay as a result of a medical emergency or some other reason, when they have arthritis, it can actually have a direct influence on their recovery.  That can play a role in whether or not they are able to reduce hospital readmission rates for themselves.

Arthritis is, at its core, inflammation of the joints that can lead to pain, discomfort, deformities, and the inability to perform some of the most basic tasks that a person may have taken for granted through the years.

If the senior has arthritis in his hips or knees, for example, he will be much less inclined to take part in physical exercises as a part of the recovery process. He may be able to remedy that situation by taking part in water aerobics or other low impact activities. Riding a stationary bike with the seat adjusted to the appropriate height for his leg length may also be beneficial.

When people have arthritis in their fingers it can make doing even the most basic and menial tasks an extreme challenge. This can make it difficult for the senior to open medication bottles and take the medication he or she has been directed to take at the appropriate intervals.

It can also make it challenging for the senior to prepare a healthy meal if he or she is having difficulty grasping onto cutlery.

A simple solution that can help.

There are many potential solutions that can make all the difference to an elderly individual who has been suffering from arthritis. The best would be to rely on a home care aide, somebody who has already worked for an agency for some time.

A home care aide may be able to perform some of the basic tasks around the house that cause a great deal of stress and discomfort for the senior. When an elderly individual with arthritis has an opportunity to rest, he or she will be much more inclined to stay on track and follow doctor’s orders as closely as possible.

Contrary to some beliefs, simple, non-impact exercise routines can actually be beneficial for somebody with Alzheimer’s. When they take part in physical activities, get exercise, eat healthy, and do what’s asked of them by their doctor, it increases their chances of getting back to their good health and avoiding hospital readmission rates in the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elder care in Long Island, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961


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Jennifer Benjamin

Jennifer Benjamin has a Masters degree in Business Administration, a graduate Certificate in Geriatric Care Management, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is co-founder of Family First Home Companions. With a background in human resources and business management she helped to build a company that is founded on professionalism, integrity, compassion and know-how.

Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.

Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.

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