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3 Key Steps to Pneumonia Care at Home that Lead to a Full Recovery

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Eagleville PA

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates There are different types of pneumonia and when it affects an elderly individual, it has the potential to be life-threatening. The moment somebody is diagnosed with pneumonia, it is incredibly important that they follow doctor’s orders and do the right thing to not only overcome this illness, but to also reduce hospital readmission rates in the future.

For an elderly individual, getting proper pneumonia care at home is one of the most important aspects to recovery. They may live alone, with their spouse, with somebody else, or rely on family members and friends who stop by to assist them throughout the day. If they do, it’s important that everyone understands the value of following proper steps and to avoid certain activities.

Here are three of those key steps to follow when it comes to proper pneumonia care at home.

Step #1: Get rest.

Usually, in most cases, a senior who has been hospitalized with pneumonia will remain there under observation for several days. They will not be discharged until it is clear that the virus or bacterial infection has been tempered down. That means the senior is probably going to feel quite a bit better, almost back to their full, normal health.

It is actually an illusion, the way they feel. If they don’t get proper rest, it can cause the pneumonia to kick back into full swing, creating a life-threatening situation.

They should be encouraged to get plenty of rest and not overdo it, even though they are feeling better at the moment.

Step #2: Avoid the temptation to suppress the cough.

Anybody who has seen somebody else with pneumonia will understand the cough can feel painful and never ending at times. There is a real temptation to suppress the cough, but this is how the body is expelling the phlegm and the virus. It should not be suppressed, but if the senior is uncomfortable or it is extremely painful, they should contact their doctor to see what can be done to provide them relief.

Step #3: Focus on proper nutrition.

Eating right means getting enough vitamins and minerals in their daily diet. It also means drinking plenty of water. The individual will become dehydrated more easily because of pneumonia so they should be drinking more water and may want to consider increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables.

For more information about how Reliant at Home Care can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 610-674-6860.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.