Melinda was feeling worn out. She was feeling tired. At 76, she knew her health and strength weren’t nearly the same as they were in her younger years, but up until the last week or so she was still feeling pretty good. She thought she had the flu. After all, flu season just started, and she hadn’t yet gotten her vaccine. That would serve her right, she thought.
However, it didn’t get better and things progressively got worse. Her daughter finally encouraged her to get to her doctor. That’s when she discovered she had pneumonia. They admitted her to the hospital, even though she didn’t think that was really necessary.
What they explained was because of her age and compromised immune system, her body might not be able to combat the virus properly. If she didn’t get adequate care now, it could be a life-threatening situation within a matter of days.
She spent three days in the hospital under observation.
Melinda did not like hospitals at all. She did not want to come back anytime soon. When her doctor was discussing her discharge, she was listening intently. He didn’t mention anything about hospital readmission rates, but she had heard about it before. It’s this situation in which if a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, the hospital is credited with a readmission and that’s not a good thing. The federal government may be placing more pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, but Melinda just didn’t want to return because it was not comfortable.
One of the most pressing things her doctor told her that she needed to do once she was sent home was to rest. This actually surprised her.
“But I feel great,” she told her doctor.
“That’s because you are resting and taking antibiotics,” her doctor replied. Her doctor went on to explain that the virus was still in her body. She would experience phlegm, coughing, and sometimes the cough was going to be a bit uncomfortable.
“As long as it’s not causing extreme pain,” her doctor said, “don’t try to suppress it. If you feel extremely uncomfortable, contact me.”
Her doctor continued to admonish her to rest. She was told if there were things she needed to get done around the house, she should call on family or friends. Since she didn’t have family or friends in the area who could help, the doctor recommended home care support. It was the best advice that allowed her to rest comfortably and overcome this bout with pneumonia.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Manhasset, 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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