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The Role Motivation Plays in Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates

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How important is motivation in life? To answer that, it all depends on who you ask. Some people believe motivation is the key to success while others think it can certainly help you elevate yourself, but it’s not going to play a crucial role.

So what about when a senior is recovering at home following hospitalization? Again, it depends on circumstances and the individual. A person who is hospitalized for a sprained ankle, for example, will likely need little motivation to believe he or she is going to get back to their full strength and capabilities within a few weeks. Somebody who suffered a serious stroke, on the other hand, may be completely unmotivated to even start with physical therapy or try to do anything to improve their life. They might not see any reason to try.

Helping an elderly loved one stay motivated and follow their doctor’s orders, take part in physical therapy, if that’s recommended, rely on an occupational therapist if they need to relearn some fine motor skills, change their diet, cut out bad habits, or anything else can be extremely challenging. This is compounded when that senior seems intent on listening to no one other than himself or herself.

Some of the seniors will feel as though there’s no point in putting in the effort. They might believe their best years are behind them, that they simply won’t be able to do the things they enjoy, and anything else is basically a waste of time.

How to help somebody get motivated.

Motivation plays a crucial role in recovery. While most people aren’t focused on reducing hospital readmission rates, staying focused and doing what’s necessary for the recovery is basically the same thing.

The older a person is, the longer it may take them to recover from whatever elements caused them to be hospitalized in the first place. They need to think long term, see the end result or goal many months down the road whereas in their youth or at least younger years it may have only been three or four months, at most.

The best way to help someone stay motivated is to continually encourage them to remember what they’re fighting for. Celebrate the small victories. It’s often those little improvements that show someone progress is being made.

Anyone who suspects a family member or other elderly loved one as becoming depressed or withdrawn should encourage them to consult their doctor for proper diagnosis. In the meantime, help them stay focused on the recovery and that will naturally help to reduce the potential for a hospital readmission.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Greece 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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