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The Value of Really Listening When a Loved One Is Hospitalized

By Vicki and Brian Day

When a family member has been hospitalized you may be dealing with a number of emotions. This could be an elderly parent or someone else. You think about the future, you worry about what’s going to happen next, and you want to make sure they have the greatest chance of recovering.

Though most family members don’t think much about hospital readmission rates, there are plenty of things they can do to help reduce the risk of these readmissions. Technically, a readmission is anytime somebody has to return to the hospital, unexpectedly, within 30 days of their discharge.

The federal government is placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, ultimately fining them when they don’t. That has led more hospitals and doctors to provide valuable information and follow-up care.

What happens if somebody isn’t hearing or listening to their doctor?

Recovery can take a long time. It could be anywhere from a few days, which is rare, to several weeks or even months. In some cases recovery could take years. If that individual is not really listening to what their doctor or other medical professionals are telling them, assuming they know what’s best or not really believing there’s any point to recovery at this point in their life, it can have detrimental consequences.

Exercise may be essential.

Many family members of loved ones who had a heart attack often discourage exercise and strenuous activity. Yes, strenuous activity can certainly be potentially dangerous, but more and more doctors are recommending heart attack victims to exercise.
If a family member or even the senior himself or herself is not really willing to listen to her doctor about this, they may overlook the value and importance of exercise.

Proper post care and support is vital.

Many family members step up to provide care and support to their loved ones after a hospital stay. This may include adult children supporting their elderly mother or father or some other situation. If these individuals have no prior experience doing this type of work, how could they possibly know the best strategies to provide optimal support?

It’s very important that people pay attention to instructions and listen to what somebody’s telling them, either the doctor, senior, or someone else. Those listening skills can pay dividends at helping people get through recovery and, ultimately, reduce the risk of having to be readmitted to the hospital before too long.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN WIND GAP, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.