Any family who is expecting a loved one to be discharged from the hospital soon will likely be encouraged by the doctor to have proper support on hand. If family is expecting an elderly parent to be discharged from the hospital, the last thing they want is for them to be readmitted.
Following doctor’s instructions and having the right support is one of the keys to recovery for anyone, regardless of age, after they have been hospitalized. Whether it was due to major surgery, a major medical emergency, injuries sustained in an accident, or for some other reason, there is going to be a period of time for recovery.
Here is a simple checklist for any family to make sure their loved one is going to maximize their chances of making a full and healthy recovery.
1. Are they clear on doctor’s instructions?
If the senior gives permission for one or more family members to sit in when their doctor goes over instructions for their recovery, that can certainly help. If they don’t, their family needs to respect that decision. However, they should ensure their loved one understands what is expected of them and what they need to do to help maximize their chances of recovering properly.
2. Is exercise recommended?
Doctors may not recommend exercise for everyone, but more and more medical professionals understand the value of exercise and will recommend it, even for heart attack patients. If exercise is recommended, families need to understand what this encapsulates.
If they try to discourage their loved one from exercising following a heart attack because they think it’s only going to increase the risk of another attack, they could actually be doing a disservice to their loved one.
3. Do they need to rest?
In some cases, such as when a person has been diagnosed with pneumonia, their doctor is going to recommend rest. If the senior needs to rest, there’s a reason for that. They should be encouraged to do that and if there are certain things that need to get done around the house, family members, friends, and neighbors can certainly offer to help, but nothing will be better than relying on a home care aide to assist them.
4. Have the right support on hand.
As mentioned, relying on a home care aide can be the best thing for any senior recovering at home following a hospitalization. Sure, family and friends are often there and willing to help, but experienced care makes all the difference in the world.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Great Neck, 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!
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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