It’s not always easy to see, but sometimes there are signs indicating a person we care about is at risk of being injured, dealing with a serious health emergency, or some other situation. When an aging parent or even a grandparent has been hospitalized, they will hopefully be discharged. When that happens, the recovery process starts.
Unfortunately, if they have to be readmitted within 30 days, that’s regrettable.
It’s also possibly unavoidable. Below are four signs that an elderly or disabled individual may actually be at an increased risk of a hospital readmission. The more family and friends pay attention to these details, the more they might be able to help maximize the chances of recovery, which could be instrumental to quality of life in the future.
Potential Sign #1: They don’t have help.
Even though family and friends are there at the hospital, they may not be available because of their busy schedules and other factors. If this senior doesn’t have adequate physical support and assistance once they’re discharged and sent home, that could complicate recovery tremendously.
Potential Sign #2: They’re being obstinate.
Sometimes people refuse outside assistance for a wide range of reasons. It may appear to be obstinance, but it might be confusion, fear, anxiety, or preconceived notions driving their decisions. If it seems as though this person is being willfully ignorant of their physical limitations or health, try to find out why.
This may require lengthy conversations or subtle approaches to discussing the topic. Also remember to listen to what they truly have to say, even if their intentions or motivations are hidden behind a false sense of bravado.
Potential Sign #3: They have fallen recently.
If an aging person falls, it could lead to serious injuries. Yes, we all fall from time to time, but the risk of falling increases with age and health conditions. If they have fallen recently, it’s likely only a matter of time until it happens again.
A home care aide can be an invaluable asset at keeping this senior safe at home while he or she works through this lengthy recovery process.
Potential Sign #4: They’re not heeding their doctor’s advice.
Doctors and hospitals are providing more information for patients upon discharge. They are also likely providing increased support services. If that information or the support available is not being used properly, it actually will increase the risk of a readmission, which is an unfortunate side effect of refusing professional and experienced home care support.