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Seniors May Undervalue Exercise After Discharge from the Hospital

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA: Exercise After Discharge

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Philadelphia PA: Exercise After Discharge

Numerous people recognize the value in exercise. However, when people get older, reach their ‘Golden Years’ and are considered seniors, it’s easy to undervalue the importance of exercise. For seniors, exercise is one of the most important things they can do to not just maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also to recover from any number of situations that could have landed them in the hospital.

There are many reasons to be in the hospital.

The most common is due to some type of medical emergency. A heart attack or stroke, for example, could warrant landing a person in the hospital. So could pneumonia, especially for seniors whose immune systems are not as strong as they were in the their younger years.

Getting involved in an accident, whether it was an automobile accident or some other mishap, could also be a reason somebody ends up in the hospital. A slip and fall for an older person could lead to devastating injuries, including broken bones, severe lacerations, concussions, and more.

When a person has been hospitalized, hopefully they will be facing their discharge date before long. Discharge is the time when that individual will be sent home. Sometimes people need to go to a nursing home for a few weeks or even a few months to continue receiving direct medical attention on a regular basis, but when they are finally sent home, they may be advised by their doctor to exercise, work with a physical therapist, rest, change their diet, or any number of other things.

If a senior has been advised to exercise, they might have difficulty.

This elderly person might have difficulty exercising if they don’t have the kind strength they used to before this medical emergency. In this situation, it’s absolutely essential that he or she has the right type of support. A home care aide is the best option to consider because while family and friends may certainly be more than willing to help out, they often don’t have the necessary experience to be the right support system for that elderly person.

Some family members may even discourage their loved ones from doing certain strenuous activities, such as following a heart attack because they think that’s going to lead to another one before long. Experienced home care aides understand the value in exercise, following doctor’s orders, and making sure their clients maximize their chances of making a full and healthy recovery.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.

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