There are many challenges people face when recovering following a hospitalization. For an elderly individual, depression could be one of those issues that complicates recovery tremendously. If not addressed properly, it can lead to a hospital readmission.
What is a hospital readmission?
Technically, according to the federal government, this is anytime somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. While the federal government has been placing increased pressure on hospitals and doctors to reduce these rates, that has led to more information, support, and resources for patients upon discharge.
What happens if a person is depressed?
If a person in their 70s, who had been playing golf almost every day with their friends, suddenly had a minor stroke, he or she might be facing the prospect of no longer taking part in this activity, at least for a while. If this is something around which they had defined their life recently, that can be devastating.
That can cause them to feel as though there’s no point to recovery at all.
If a person doesn’t see any reason to work with a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and do a variety of exercises because they are not going to be able to do the things they used to enjoy, then what’s the point?
That’s exactly what they will say. “What’s the point?” If they say that and feel that, they may be at an increased risk of depression and other depressive symptoms. They may withdraw from certain activities, spending time with friends and family, and other things that will help with the recovery.
How can friends and loved ones help?
There are probably many things this elderly individual could still do, even if it means they can’t get back to playing golf, for example. These loved ones need to help draw out this individual, help them see that certain activities will be possible, but they have to stay on top of their recovery.
Could home care services make a difference?
Some seniors who live alone may have a tendency to become more withdrawn and depressed. Having a caregiver stopping by every single day, offering them support with certain tasks, making it easier for them to do these things, may inspire them.
They may even believe, with the right physical support, that they can return to some of those activities they used to enjoy. So yes, a home care aide can certainly be beneficial at assisting seniors through their recovery, even if they don’t feel it’s going to benefit them at the moment.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Dresher, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.
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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