Your mother was recently hospitalized. As she is being set for discharge, the doctor has recommended she rely on proper support and care when she returns home. You live relatively close so you’ve decided to take care of her yourself. It’s noble, but is that the best thing for her?
Are you thinking about hospital readmission?
Most people don’t. Technically, a hospital readmission is anytime somebody needs to go back to the hospital, probably for an overnight stay or observation, within 30 days of their discharge. When recovery goes along according to plan or hope, there is a significantly lower risk of a hospital readmission.
However, there can be many factors that lead somebody right back to the hospital. An accident or some other safety related issue is just one of them. So, when your mother is about to be discharged from the hospital, what kind of safety risks could she be facing right now?
It depends on her age.
The older a person is, the more muscle he or she loses. Your mother may be in her late 70s or 80s and is nowhere near as strong as she was in her 60s. She simply can’t do the same things she used to do.
The crisis can impact her strength.
If she had a heart attack or stroke, for example, that’s going to significantly diminish her strength, mobility, and ability to remain balanced when walking around or even up and down stairs. It might be difficult for her to understand her new limitations, even if they are temporary.
If she went in for major surgery, something that was planned for a few weeks or months, she can still feel weaker as she begins the recovery process. If she attempts to do things that she used to take for granted, that could put her at extreme risk.
She may simply be weaker.
The longer she spends in the hospital, the weaker she will probably be. If she attempts to take a shower by herself, even though she has difficulty simply getting out of bed or getting up from the chair, that could put her at risk of slipping and falling. If she falls and is seriously injured, that could land her right back in the hospital.
There are plenty of modifications that can be made to improve safety for a senior after hospitalization, but relying on home care support, especially experienced care, is one of the best things you can do to help her.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring in-home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Norwalk, CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today. Call today (203) 642-1924.
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