Pneumonia is serious business. Whether a person is a strong, healthy, younger adult, an infant, or a senior, it can be potentially fatal. The older a person is, the more dangerous it can certainly be. When a senior has been hospitalized due to pneumonia, when they are being discharged, that’s a good sign.
It means he or she is on the road to recovery.
However, that doesn’t mean they’re out of the woods. It doesn’t mean they can just go right back to their old life. They may feel as though they have overcome this illness, but the bacteria or virus is still in their body, and if they don’t take adequate steps to look after themselves or get the right support, it can come back, even worse than the first time.
That could lead to a readmission.
Technically, a hospital readmission would be any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. When it comes to pneumonia, a readmission is a very serious issue and not something to be taken lightly.
There are numerous things family and friends can do to help provide optimal support for an elderly man or woman who is returning home having been diagnosed with pneumonia.
First, it’s important to make sure they rest.
Rest is one of the most important aspects to pneumonia care at home. Unfortunately, because so many people feel better when they’re being discharged and sent home, they are under this false impression everything’s on the mend and they can go back to life as they knew it before.
It could take several days or even weeks still before the virus or bacteria is completely expelled from the body. If they don’t rest, they will weaken their immune system even more, making it easier for the pneumonia to gain traction once again.
Second, people can run errands for this senior.
Instead of having the elderly person going to the store, cleaning the house, and doing other things that keep them from resting, family and friends can do these things for them. Some of it can seem tedious, but it all makes a big difference in the end.
Finally, they can offer encouragement.
It’s not easy for somebody who is generally strong and independent to just sit back and let others take care of him or her. Emotional support and encouragement from these people who are important in their life can keep them focused on doing the right thing to recover properly.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Havertown, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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