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Convincing Dad to Work on His Recovery as a Way to Improve Quality of Life

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Norwalk CT

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Norwalk CTHow do you convince somebody, especially a family member, to do something he or she absolutely does not want to do? You may be having that question coming up frequently now when it comes to your elderly father.

He may have been hospitalized recently, either due to a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, or injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident. Whatever the case may be, he will be facing a recovery process. It could take several weeks or even months for his recovery.

Some people essentially give up at this point.

If your father is approaching 80 or is well into his 80s by the time he spends a week or two in the hospital, he may not see any point in the recovery process. He might be thinking to himself, ‘I have nothing to look forward to now.’ That’s a sad statement, but it may be more realistic than one would want to consider.

Your father may be facing new limitations. For example, following the accident or stroke, he may have lost the use of one side of his body, his leg due to a broken bone, or something else. By suddenly struggling just to get around, life may not seem worth it, at least at the moment.

Recovery is a process, but how can you convince your father to do what’s necessary to ensure he doesn’t end up back in the hospital in a few weeks?

That’s a difficult process. One of the best things is to focus on activities he would love to continue doing or try if he’s never done them before.

When you begin bringing up the topic, he may be adamantly against discussing these things. He doesn’t see the point. Be patient. Drop the subject when he gets agitated. Bring it up again at some point later on.

If you see him trying to do certain tasks, that’s a good opportunity to open the door to home care support services. You may be able to support him as best you can, but you have a full-time job and other responsibilities. He might spend the majority of days alone without the physical support he needs to recover and get active.

When you convince him that a home care aide can assist with many tasks around the house, when he’s sitting alone, he might just begin to realize the value of extra support. That might be enough to convince him to work more fervently on his recovery.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk,CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today at 203-523-0331.

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Syd Kain

Syd is the Owner at Sovereign Home Health. Sovereign Home Health provides in-home care that makes a difference in the lives of seniors and other adults. Our clients and their families trust their care to us. Whether part-time companionship services or 24/7 live-in home care, we provide the support and friendship that improves lives and enables independent living at home.

Sovereign Home Health is focused on caring for our clients throughout Connecticut and Northern, New Jersey.With two locations and services ranging from our personal care and companion care services to our 24/7 Never Alone Care, our specially trained and certified in-home caregivers can provide you with the care and freedom you or your loved one deserve.

Each of our clients has different care needs, and Sovereign Home Health provides a range of services that can be customized to fit their unique, individual client needs. To learn more about Sovereign Home Health or to set up a free comprehensive consultation, contact us today.

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