Cheryl couldn’t wait to be discharged from the hospital. At 79 she had a mild stroke. She was having difficulty speaking, forming her words clearly, and had discovered it might take several months working with a physical therapist before she could get back up and moving without assistance.
Her doctor recommended home care support services through a local agency, but she had family in the area willing to help. She figured her adult children and friends would be more than adequate to support her during this recovery.
She was enthusiastic about recovery upon discharge.
Cheryl was not thinking about hospital readmission rates. She had no intention of coming back to this hospital, but if she needed to be readmitted for any reason within 30 days, the federal government considers that a readmission and that could be due to a number of factors, including inadequate support, mistakes, or a lack of effort on the part of the patient.
She wasn’t concerned about that because she couldn’t wait to get back to her full strength.
During the first couple of days, though, she woke up to wet sheets. She was embarrassed and did her best to disguise the issue. She took off the sheets, struggled to stuff them in her laundry bag, and when her adult daughter stopped by in the evening to help her with the laundry, she hoped it would go unnoticed.
A couple of days of this and one of her family members discovered the issue. She was embarrassed and instead of addressing the situation up front, she actually withdrew from that level of support.
Incontinence may not be a major issue for most people, but it can impact a person’s mental outlook for their present and future. For Cheryl, her embarrassment was significant, to the point where she began calling on help less frequently and struggled to take care of herself in a safe and healthy manner.
The better solution would have been to rely on home care support.
A home care agency will have numerous caregivers with a great deal of experience supporting seniors during the recovery processes. They understand incontinence is well beyond a person’s control, especially as they get older and face a number of health issues.
Cheryl would not have to have been embarrassed in front of her friends or family and would have, instead, remained focused and positive about recovery. Instead, she ended up in the hospital 28 days after her discharge because she stopped exercising and following her doctor’s instructions because she no longer asked for the help she needed.
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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.
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