It’s not easy to watch somebody deal with arthritis. As they get older, the pain may become more intense. The inflammation can be more severe. It can also complicate recovery. If your father was recently hospitalized, no matter why, he will likely be facing some length of time for recovery. It could be a matter of days, weeks, or months.
If the arthritis is significant, it could affect that recovery.
There are a number of reasons why this would be, but the most notable involves exercise. If your father’s arthritis is acting up one day, is inflamed and the pain is intense, he will be much less likely to get up, want to exercise, or take part in physical therapy. If he doesn’t do what is necessary for this recovery, he increases the chances he’ll end up right back in the hospital before long.
If that happens within 30 days of his discharge, it will technically count as a readmission. While this may not be a major concern for him, you, or other individuals in the family, it’s an important consideration because when it happens, it might make complete recovery less likely over the long haul.
Here are three signs that the pain of arthritis is beginning to make recovery more difficult for your aging father.
Sign #1: He’s wincing.
Even though he may keep the pain to himself, not wishing to talk much about it, if he is wincing when picking up a knife or fork at dinner, when he is trying to go up and down the stairs, or when performing any type of basic tasks, he is dealing with pain.
Some people will wince and not groan or make any outward noise. Some people do this to hide what they’re going through while others have developed this habit over time.
Sign #2: He is avoiding certain activities.
If he’s avoiding exercises or various activities that require physical exertion, it might be due to fatigue, low energy, or the pain of arthritis. If you notice him skipping these activities, ask him if there’s a specific problem, be honest, and ask him to do the same.
Sign #3: He’s exhibiting a shorter temper.
If your father is losing his temper more frequently, that is often a sign of excessive pain and discomfort. It can also be a sign of confusion and frustration. If this is not normal for him, it could be due to the continual pain that arthritis is bringing him.
If these are happening, he should be encouraged to contact his doctor and see if there’s a remedy, medication, or other solution that could help improve his chances of recovery and minimize the pain he’s experiencing right now.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Quincy, 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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