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How Cancer Can Affect Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Tallahassee FL

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and there are many reasons why cancer, or any other serious illness, could impact hospital readmission rates. When you’re trying to reduce these Reduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-Tallahassee-FLrates, it’s important to understand not only what the doctor instructs the individual to do upon discharge, but also how other potential health issues can affect the senior.

When a senior is hospitalized, it can be a traumatic time for everyone, especially them. The family will be worried about what may happen in the days and weeks ahead. They may be concerned about their ability to follow doctor’s orders or what type of support they may need when they are sent home.

For the senior who may be dealing with blood cancer or some other type of cancer, it can be an extremely challenging time to begin with. If they need to focus on acute MI care at home following a heart attack, for example, that can be complicated by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It can also be complicated because the senior may not be in the frame of mind to exercise, eat properly, or do other things that can be incredibly important to making a full recovery.

So what’s the solution?

Most important is for the elderly individual to fully understand the doctor’s orders. If they can’t understand what they are supposed to do, or they are not going to be able to follow those instructions properly because of their physical limitations, then they may require assistance at home, or find other accommodations.

Potential Alternatives

One of the best alternatives a person can rely on when it comes to making a full recovery at home after a hospitalization is to rely on the experience of a professional home care aide. A home care aide can be hired through a local agency and will even be able to supplement other care the senior receives, such as through family members and friends.

These home care aides can offer physical support, such as assisting the senior into and out of bed, to take a shower, and even going to the bathroom. Some of these more personal, intimate matters are a bit difficult for some family members to do, creating a potentially uncomfortable situation for them or the senior.

While cancer is certainly a major concern, getting back to full health is a process and will require a number of different things, including proper support at home. Everyone can do their part to reduce hospital readmission rates for the elderly loved ones in their life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee Florida, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

 

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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.