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No One Really Enjoys Physical Therapy, but It Could Be the Difference in Mom Getting Back Her Mobility

Most experienced physical therapists will readily admit their patients don’t really want to visit with them. It’s not that they don’t like them, but rather the activities a physical therapist will push a client through can be exhausting, even enhancing pain for a short period of time.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Perry FL: Physical Therapy

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Perry FL: Physical Therapy

For your elderly mother, she may be working with a physical therapist (or her doctor has recommended it) following major surgery or some major medical emergency. She’s not really inclined to consider this, even though you know it’s the best thing for her right now.

How can you convince her to follow through?

Understand the fears and concerns your mother may have. If your mother is worried about her strength, the pain that could be associated with physical therapy, and having to work out really hard, she may try to avoid this as much as possible.

Some people have a tendency to start certain activities, like physical therapy, but they don’t follow through very long. After the first or second workout, they go home completely exhausted, feeling worn out, and maybe even in some pain, so why would they want to put them through that again?

You need to keep her focused on the future.

Her doctor will have certain expectations for her recovery. If she is expected to get back to her full strength and mobility, isn’t that exciting? You need to keep her focused on that. Find out the things she still wants to do. Does she want to visit with friends? Does she want to go to the park and go for walks regularly? Is there some other hobby or activity she would like to pursue?

Will she be able to do those things if she doesn’t recover fully? In many situations the answer would be no. So, when you keep her focused on the future and help her realize this discomfort and maybe even pain is not going to be permanent, but temporary, she may be more ambitious to keep pushing through the difficult sessions of physical therapy.

Experienced physical therapists can help seniors avoid readmission.

By following doctor’s orders and working with a physical therapist, if recommended by their doctor, a senior can increase the chances of making a full recovery which will help them also avoid a potential readmission. After all, no one really wants to be readmitted to the hospital, do they?

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

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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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