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Occupational Therapy May Be Recommended for a Senior Following a Stroke

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Danbury CT

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesFollowing a stroke, recovery can take an indeterminate amount of time. It could be a couple of months to many months or even years before an individual is considered at 100 percent of their capabilities, whether that is in relation to their previous physical capabilities or the new reality that they face.

A stroke can be relatively mild, leaving potentially no long-term physical or mental damage or limitations, or it can be severe, ultimately leading to death and physical significant physical different disability. After an elderly individual has been discharged from the hospital following a stroke, they may be moved to a nursing home to continue receiving direct medical attention for weeks or even months before they are finally discharged and sent home.

The main goal is to help provide a stable environment for the senior, but to also reduce the risk of another hospital readmission in the future. A hospital readmission is currently defined as any time somebody has to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

When an elderly individual is finally sent home to continue with the recovery, they may be advised or encouraged to rely on home care support. This can include a visiting nurse, a series of home care aides and other caregivers, a physical therapist, and even an occupational therapist.

April is National Occupational Therapy Month and for a senior who has recently had a stroke, an occupational therapist may be recommended.

What is an occupational therapist?

This is an individual who will work with the senior to develop a plan, whether it is certain activities, exercises, or other routines, that will, in the long term, focus on providing a purposeful and meaningful life for the individual and allow them to maximize the potential for self-maintenance, productivity, leisure, and rest in both their indoor and outdoor life.

An occupational therapist will essentially work with the senior to determine the best course of action that will help him or her maximize their own independence. It may be a reasonable assumption that the senior has to continue to rely on home care support, such as caregivers, even for the rest of his or her life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t maintain a high quality of life with the appropriate level of support.

As for reducing hospital readmission rates, when a senior has something to look forward to and maintains a positive attitude, it certainly will make a difference with regard to their recovery. An occupational therapist, if recommended, may very well help to reduce hospital readmission rates for the senior in the future.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.

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Jim Crossett

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.

I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.

As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.