Standing idly by and watching an elderly family member struggle through recovery is not easy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a spouse, sibling, aging parent, grandparent, or someone else. When they have been hospitalized, whether it was following major surgery, a medical emergency like a heart attack or stroke, or some serious illness like pneumonia, people often want to do whatever they can to help out.
In order to help promote a healthier recovery, it may be necessary for some to step back and others to step forward. Here are three things people should know about recovery when an elderly family member is in the middle of it or just about to be discharged from the hospital.
First, it will take time.
Recovery is going to take a while. Depending on a number of factors, including age, overall health and vitality of the senior before the hospitalization, and the reason for hospitalization the first place, it could take weeks, months, or even years. Trying to rush the process or encourage the senior to work harder than they are may not be beneficial and it may certainly not speed up the recovery process.
Second, exercise may be important.
Many family members think exercise is extremely harmful for those who were hospitalized due to a heart attack. After all, any physical activity that elevates the heart rate would be dangerous, wouldn’t it? Not necessarily. In fact, more medical professionals today recommended exercise, even for heart attack patients.
That’s because the heart is a muscle and in order to get stronger, it needs to be exercised. The only way to exercise the heart is to elevate the heart rate consistently. Of course, every person should consult his or her doctor to determine whether exercise is appropriate for them in their condition, at their age, and facing their own physical factors.
Third, support is essential.
People don’t often get through recovery on their own. They may rely on family, friends, or neighbors for assistance around the house, getting up and down stairs, and doing other things, and while family certainly wants to rally around their loved ones, sometimes it’s better to consider home care support services.
The more experience somebody has in providing support to seniors through recovery, the greater the chances become that the elderly person recovers properly and avoids the prospect of a readmission to the hospital.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Havana, 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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