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That’s the Last Time You Want Dad to Be in the Hospital, So What Now?

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Darby PA

You’ve had enough. Your father has been back and forth to the hospital more times in recent months then you can even recall. It has been at least half a dozen, if not more. He hasn’t been listening to his doctor, he hasn’t really dedicated himself to changing his diet or habits, and it’s taking a toll, not just on his health, but on you as well.

You haven’t thought anything about hospital readmission rates, but you don’t have to. A hospital readmission is technically any time a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. Your father certainly qualifies as a person who has been readmitted on several occasions within 30 days of discharge.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Darby PA

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Darby PA

He has a number of health issues going on. He’s also stubborn. He won’t listen to what his doctor says and he certainly won’t listen to what you advise him to do or to avoid.

It’s wearing you out. As a family caregiver, you can’t imagine how much stress you’re under. You feel it, but you just can’t believe it. Shouldn’t this be easy? After all, this is your father! This is a man you’ve had a great relationship with throughout most of your adult life. This is a person whom you respect and who you thought respected you.

But he doesn’t seem to listen. So now what you do? 

This is the absolute last time you want to see him in the hospital, at least for many, many years. He may be 77, and he may be dealing with a number of health issues, but according to his doctor there’s no reason he couldn’t make a full recovery and get back to life as he knew it before this all began.

The best thing you can do is to sit down and talk about hiring a home care aide. Your father might not go for it. He has every right to determine what happens in his life and with his care.

However, the more you learn about home care aides, visiting nurses, physical therapists, and other professionals who can help him recover and get back to a high quality of life, the easier it’s going to be for you to convince him this is something to at least consider at this juncture in his life.

No one wants to see a loved one return to the hospital for any reason, but when we overlook the value an experienced home care aide offers, we miss out on an incredible opportunity to help our loved ones recover properly.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Darby, 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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