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Yes, Dancing Could Be an Asset in Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA

When was the last time you went out dancing? This might not be your cup of tea. Maybe you prefer sitting around having conversations, sharing memories, and possibly a drink or two with friends, but there are millions of people all around the country who enjoy dancing. This includes seniors as well.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA

When a person has been hospitalized, whether it was due to a stroke, heart attack, surgery, accident, or some other situation, they will be facing a specific length of time for recovery. In some cases, getting exercise and physical therapy help to maximize the chances of making a full and healthy recovery.

If a doctor has advised his or her elderly patient to get exercise to strengthen their muscles, strengthen their heart, and regain mobility, this is intended to help them recover, get back to some sense of normalcy in life, and reduce the risk of a hospital readmission in the future.

A hospital readmission is defined as any time a person has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

So how does dancing fit into this situation?

If the senior’s doctor has recommended exercise, doing calisthenics, jumping jacks, or even standing from a seated position and then sitting down and repeating this time after time after time, these can all get monotonous. Many people find exercise to be tedious, not because of the physical exertion but due to the repetitive nature.

This is a primary reason why more and more gyms across the country are installing listening devices and televisions around a variety of equipment stations.

Dancing, when done in a safe environment, can provide an incredible wealth of exercise, emotional benefits, and other health benefits. It gets a person moving. If it’s part of a class, the senior will be surrounded by others who have the same interest as they do.

With an experienced instructor, the senior can learn something new, develop skills they never tried before, and that can have many other subsequent benefits beyond just the recovery. Not only could it improve strength, balance, and stamina, it can also provide mental stimulation.

By having to learn something new, the brain is being stimulated and, as a result, it can reduce the risk of developing certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

When a person has been hospitalized and their doctor recommends exercise on a daily basis, dancing could be a great way to get some of that exercise. It can provide the senior something to look forward to, the motivation to continue working hard on their recovery the rest of the days of the week.

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