When a person is in their 70s or 80s, possibly even older than that, and has been hospitalized, they often have a lot of questions and concerns. Some of those questions might involve what this recovery is going to look like, how long it will take, and what will be required of them. In order to reduce the risk of a hospital readmission, it’s essential that seniors take this recovery time seriously and listen to their doctor’s orders.
Amazing things happen when people pay attention.
Some people have this idea that since they’ve been in their own skin, their own body their entire lives, they know what’s best. They know what they’re capable of, just assume everything will work out in the end if they just rest, avoid strenuous activity, and maybe change their diet a little bit.
In truth, that might not be enough to help the body recover, gain strength, and regain mobility.
This elderly person needs to pay close attention to what their doctor recommends.
Their primary care physician may admonish them to exercise. Some people, though, may see exercise as being a dangerous activity, especially if they were recently hospitalized due to a heart attack or some other major medical emergency. After all, wouldn’t a person recovering from a heart attack be better off resting and taking it easy?
In truth, the heart, being a muscle like any other muscle in the body, requires exercise. The only way to get the heart muscles exercise is to elevate the heart rate. 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day is a minimum for people of all ages and in most health conditions.
Of course, an aging senior should always verify with his or her doctor whether or not this is a good idea and, if so, what exercises are safe to pursue.
It’s also important in some situations to work with a physical therapist.
Mobility could be severely compromised as a result of an injury, stroke, or other ailment. A physical therapist can work with various muscle groups in the body to help promote circulation, regain strength, and help that individual get back to life as he or she knew it before this medical emergency arose.
When seniors and others pay attention to their doctor’s orders, work diligently during the recovery, truly amazing things can happen, not the least of which is avoiding a return trip to the hospital and getting back to life as they knew it prior to that emergency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Lancaster, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller.
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