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Hearing Can Have an Effect on Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PAHow well does the senior in your life hear? If he or she has difficulty hearing clearly, it can affect many aspects of their life. If they have been hospitalized due to a medical emergency, major surgery, or some other ailment, their doctor will likely sit down with them before they are discharged to go over certain instructions, explain the issues affecting their health, the medications they have been prescribed, and more.

All of that information is incredibly important when it comes to the recovery period. If somebody is not able to hear as well as they could or should, they may not ask important questions. If they don’t hear clearly, they aren’t getting all of the information and may not follow those instructions properly.

Most people rely on all five senses and take many of them for granted. As people get older, though, they will be at an increased risk of losing certain abilities to see as clearly as they used to or hear as well as they could in the past.

Hiding hearing loss.

Some family members or friends may be completely unaware that an elderly loved one is dealing with hearing loss. That’s because people have an uncanny ability to disguise the loss of certain senses, including vision and hearing.

If the senior has been withholding information that he or she can’t hear as well as they used to, they will likely provide clues that this is a problem.

Asking people to repeat themselves.

One of the best clues about potential hearing loss comes in the form of the senior asking others to repeat what they said. If an elderly individual is constantly asking people to repeat themselves, is stepping closer to try and hear better, or is answering questions with odd answers, it’s best to consider the prospect of hearing loss.

Avoiding conversations.

Another way some people can avoid disclosing hearing loss is by staying away from conversations. They may not answer the phone, may walk out of the room when somebody tries to talk to them, or disengage from people when they are being pressed with questions or comments.

If the senior doesn’t hear clearly, he or she is likely to miss out on some important aspects of recovery, including things they should be doing, whether it’s improving their diet, getting exercise, taking certain prescription medications, or making follow-up doctor’s appointments.

Address potential hearing loss with an elderly loved one as soon as it’s determined this may be a factor. The sooner it’s addressed, the sooner help and treatment options can be made available. The main goal should always be maximizing the chances of making a full recovery and avoiding a hospital readmission in the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Philadelphia, PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.

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Perry C. Doc Alleva

True Direct HHC owner and administrator, Perry C. Doc Alleva has been in the health care community for over 10 years as a therapy solutions provider, as well as a home care services coordinator. He has extensive experience in caring for the disabled and the surgical acute, sub-acute, and rehab population. Rooted in his home-town city of Philadelphia, with strong ties to it's vast neighborhoods and communities, he's now focusing all his energies towards innovating the home health care agency's role in providing the essential care needed from individual to the family throughout the community.

Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."

In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.

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