P.T. is an abbreviation for physical therapy. When a person has been hospitalized following a stroke, heart attack, major surgery, or some other situation, they may be required to go through physical therapy as part of their recovery. If they don’t follow through with all of the aspects of recovery, they could end up back in the hospital.
If they end up back in the hospital within 30 days of their discharge, that would technically be considered a readmission. While it’s great to consider that an elderly individual can recover well enough to get back to some semblance of normalcy following a medical emergency, that’s not always going to be the case.
There may be circumstances where a doctor doesn’t expect his or her patient to survive another year. If an individual decides not to go through with various treatments or resigns himself or herself to the fact their life may now be measured in months rather than years, physical therapy might not make much sense.
Maintaining high quality of life for the rest of their life does matter.
One of the most effective ways to help people maintain a high quality of life during their final weeks or months is through hospice. Hospice care is designed to provide comfort to those facing their final days, weeks, or months.
A lot of people have the misconception that hospice is only reserved for extreme situations, usually the final days or last couple weeks of a person’s life. They assume hospice is only going to be called upon for those who are no longer able to get out of bed, may not even be conscious often throughout the day, and is just a way to maintain pain medications, some comfort level, and help them transition out of this life.
Hospice can be called upon for people who are ambulatory, who get up out of bed and move around, and are almost fully functioning. These types of people have terminal illnesses, including cancer, congenital heart failure, and so on, but who have received word from their doctor they can’t expect too much beyond a specific window of time.
They want to be comfortable. They don’t want to struggle with certain tasks. Hospice can help them achieve all that. While a person facing the final weeks or months of their life may have to return the hospital, even though they don’t want to, hospice may provide them an opportunity to avoid that in most situations.
If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Allentown, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.