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Stressing About the Unknown May Not Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Stamford CT

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Stamford CTThere are many things that are considered unknown following a medical emergency, especially for a senior. When somebody has been hospitalized following a stroke or heart attack, for example, their doctor or series of doctors will likely run a number of tests to see what type of damage had been caused by that situation and what the long term prospects may be.

At the time of discharge, the doctor will sit down with the senior to discuss certain information, including things he or she should take part in to help reduce the risk of hospital readmission in the future. For the doctor, it’s about maximizing the chances their patient makes a full recovery.

There are many things that can negatively impact recovery, making it much more difficult for the senior to get back to their full health and strength.

One of those things happens to be stress. Stress is commonplace for many people. In fact, almost everyone has experienced some level of stress in their life, and often it can be prolonged, potentially leading to anxiety.

For a senior who had recently been hospitalized, the stress they experience may be about the unknown future that lay ahead for them. They worry about experiencing the same sensations that were a precursor to their initial hospitalization. With the prescription medications they take, exercises they may have to take on, and even physical therapy they need to work with, it may create a number of other sensations in their body as well as their mind that could make them worry another heart attack or stroke is coming on.

The more a person stresses about their physical condition or the possibility of a relapse or having to be hospitalized again, the more it can cause physical problems that could actually increase the risk of a hospital readmission.

How to overcome stress.

It is possible to overcome stress by focusing on following the instructions the doctor provided carefully, staying active and doing things the senior enjoys, and having the right support system in place for him or her.

The best of support is in the form of home care aides. These experienced professionals can help the senior navigate this new reality in their life, helping them realize the things they do will impact the recovery, potentially leading them back to the life they used to enjoy. That can help alleviate a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety, subsequently reducing the risk of hospital readmissions.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stamford, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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