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Turning the Corner in Summer, Pneumonia, and Keeping Safe

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Walnutport PA

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesJuly and August. Often considered the heart of summer, it can also be viewed as the turning point when we start looking toward autumn and even the holiday season coming in December. For a senior who has been hospitalized due to pneumonia, turning the corner in summer can actually be something they need to think about when they’re getting set to be discharged.

What does it mean to think about summer coming to an end?

Depending on where the elderly person lives in the country, if they live in a northern portion, winter can feel long and as though it can drag on. It’s easy to look longingly toward summer with plans to go to the beach, get to the park, do some gardening, and simply enjoy the warm weather.

When that senior has been diagnosed with pneumonia and has been hospitalized as a result, it can be a frightening situation for them and their family members. Usually, when a senior is being discharged from the hospital following pneumonia, they feel almost completely restored healthwise. They’re not.

In fact, that pneumonia virus is still coursing through the body and can come back even stronger if the senior doesn’t follow his or her doctors instructions properly, get plenty of rest, and avoid over-exerting themselves.

Losing one or two weeks in the hospital in the middle of summer can be depressing, especially when the elderly individual gets to look outside and see clear, blue skies constantly surrounding them.

When they’re discharged and sent home with all of those instructions, especially about taking it easy and getting plenty of rest, they’ll likely feel a bit antsy. They want to get out and garden, do some yard work, go to the park, or simply enjoy what’s left of summer.

If they do that, they’re increasing the risk of a hospital readmission due to pneumonia coming back even stronger than before.

It’s important the senior understands the extreme risk involved with overdoing it once they are discharged. They may need to rest, avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid the temptation to suppress their cough for a couple of weeks.

By that time, August may very well be coming to a close, and summer along with it. The senior needs to ask himself or herself the most important question of all: “What’s more important, getting over this pneumonia properly or enjoying one or two days in the sun, which they’ll likely get to enjoy during those common Indian summers to come?


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.