Stephen never really thought much about the prospect of having a heart attack. At 72 he was in relatively good health. He had just visited his doctor for an annual checkup and was given a clean bill of health. “You have the health of a 50-year-old,” his doctor said with a smile. That made Stephen feel great, so when he was waking up in the hospital following a heart attack, it was quite the surprise.
Stephen was an active person.
Before the heart attack Stephen was quite active. He played golf regularly, spent time with his friends, traveled, and exercised. He focused on his diet, ate healthier foods than he did in his younger years, and was acutely aware of the various risk factors for somebody his age.
After the heart attack, while he was still in the hospital, he thought about so many things that were about to change. He wished he would be able to get back out on the golf course, but didn’t have high hopes of that. Even though his doctor was positive and upbeat about those prospects, he felt discouraged.
When he was finally discharged and sent home, his wife and family rallied around to help. They supported him as best they could, but he still needed professional assistance with certain things. He needed help getting out of bed in the morning and that was more than his wife could endure physically.
They decided to rely on home care aides.
The first home care provider he hired wasn’t great. He wasn’t as comfortable with his person as he would’ve liked. They decided to switch caregivers and that made a world of difference. This home care aide actually supported him, encouraged him to exercise, follow his doctor’s instructions, maintain a healthy diet, and stay active.
“But I thought my doctor said I had to take it easy for a while,” he said to this caregiver one day. The caregiver encouraged him to call his doctor and talk about certain activities he wanted to do.
That conversation with his doctor encouraged him. “Just give it a few more weeks,” his doctor said. “As long as you focus on your diet, exercise regularly, and take the medications as prescribed, I see no reason why you won’t be able to get back to those things.”
Because Stephen had been active as a senior, because he had been taking care of himself through the years, that ‘active aging’ was going to play an important role in speeding up recovery.
For those who haven’t been so active or don’t want to heed their doctor’s advice, recovery might take longer, but it’s still possible to get back to life as they knew it.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring 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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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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