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6 Interesting and Easy-to-Do Activities that Can Improve Acute MI Care at Home

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates Tallahassee FL

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesThe first time Roger was admitted to the hospital with chest pains he didn’t really think he was having a heart attack. When the doctor informed him that he was suffering from acute myocardial infarction (also commonly referred to as acute MI), he was surprised. He was only 66 years old and had been, up until that point, in relatively good physical condition.

He liked to exercise, focused on a healthy diet, and generally took good care of himself throughout most of his life. It didn’t seem fair that he now had been diagnosed with this serious cardiovascular illness. His doctor informed him that staying active was important to making a full recovery. His doctor, as friendly as she was, informed him that she didn’t want to see him at the hospital again.

She wasn’t referring to the notion of reducing hospital readmission rates for him; she simply wanted him to get the best care possible at home so he would remain healthy and therefore not need to see her in that setting again. She sent them home with a list of six activities that could actually be interesting for him to do and that could be beneficial for his wife as well.

  1. Go dancing.

As long has he didn’t try to overdo it and attempt some breakdancing maneuver, going out dancing or just dancing at home with his wife would get his heart pumping a little faster and that can be incredibly beneficial.

  1. Going for a brisk walk after dinner.

Not only would going for a walk be good for their emotional health and well-being, it could also burn calories. Burning calories is a great way to avoid packing on extra pounds and it can also increase heart rate to some degree.

  1. Playing a game of tag with the grandkids.

Whenever Roger’s grandkids came over for a visit, his doctor mentioned playing tag with them. She told him not to be too competitive as that might encourage him to move too fast for his condition.

  1. Take the dog for a walk.

Roger often enjoyed walking with his dog, and he was glad to know this was something he could still do on a regular basis, during the early morning hours as well as late evening.

  1. Play a game with his wife.

Even though it was winter, there were a number of games he could play with his wife, especially on their Nintendo Wii game system that his children had given them for Christmas as a gag. Now the joke was on them! Some of these games could get them actively moving and elevating their heart rate.

  1. Have a scavenger hunt at the mall.

Creating a list of 10 to 20 items to pick up at various stores throughout the mall, and doing so as quickly as possible could be a great game and activity to do with his wife.

All of these were incredibly beneficial and provided him positive acute MI care at home.

Hopewell In-Home Senior Care of Tallahassee, FL is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (850) 386-5552.

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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