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Summer Is as Good a Time as Any for Recovering from a Heart Attack

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John had a heart attack two weeks ago. He spent the better part of eight days in the hospital going through a series of tests, allowing his body to stabilize and start recovery, and when he was readyReduce-Hospital-Readmission-Rates-in-Philadelphia-PA to be discharged, his family had plenty of questions.

John didn’t want his family sitting in with him when talking to the doctor. He didn’t know what his doctor was going to say and having his family hear that he could only expect to live another few months wasn’t something he wanted to deal with.

What his doctor actually said was, if he followed his instructions thoroughly, got exercise, and changed his diet, he might be able to enjoy another 10, 15, 20 years or even more. To a large degree, it was going to be up to John to determine his course of life going forward.

That felt like the best news he had heard in a long time and he was more than excited to share it with the rest of his family.

He just didn’t know where to start with regard to his recovery.

John wasn’t at the type of person to ask his children or other family members for help. He was an independent person, but he was also a realist. He knew he was going to need some type of extra support.

His doctor recommended home care, but he didn’t know anything about it. His doctor also said summer is actually a good time for recovery. He wasn’t saying it was a good time to have a heart attack, since no time is a good time for that, but what he was referring to was the opportunity to get outside, go for walks, and even possibly head to a local park to walk, which could be great for his emotional well-being as well as his physical conditioning.

John’s family was concerned about these instructions from his doctor. They assumed that since he had a heart attack he should rest and take it easy. Any overexertion was a cause for concern.

However, John’s doctor explained everything to him and he relayed what was said. John learned that getting exercise is the only way to help strengthen the heart. Because the heart is a muscle, it requires consistent and regular exercise to get stronger.

Through the support of his family and hiring a home care aide, John was able to exercise and he truly did take advantage of summer weather to get outside and stay as active as possible.

By autumn, he was feeling better than he had in many, many years.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Philadelphia, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.

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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.

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