How important is perception? When you’re talking about recovering from a major medical emergency, surgery, injuries, or something else, especially if it resulted in a hospitalization, perception can vary from one person to the next. For any senior who has been hospitalized, they may have certain misconceptions or preconceived notions about their prospect for recovery.
A positive attitude begets good results.
There are numerous self-help books on the market and motivational speakers who continually talk about a positive attitude, but it is true that the more positive a person is about their particular situation and circumstances, the better the results may be.
It’s not always easy to be positive, especially for somebody who just suffered a major heart attack, stroke, injuries, such as a broken hip or leg, and they are in their 60s, 70s, or 80s. However, staying positive can have many benefits during the recovery process itself.
Negativity can lead to withdrawal.
If a person doesn’t see the benefits in exercise, physical therapy, relying on home care aides or visiting nurses, or even thinking about the future and getting back to their activities, they may be at an increased risk of withdrawing, avoiding exercises, skipping physical therapy, and having a difficult time recovering.
Try to instill a desire to return to older activities.
As people get older they may give up certain activities they enjoy. This could be due to health issues, risk of health emergencies, diminished strength, and more. If they only had the right type of physical support, they will most likely be able to return to some of these activities, given the fact they are expected to make a pretty good recovery?
If the doctor has suggested so, keep them focused on that. It’s difficult to feel like they will be able to return to these activities in the midst of monumental challenges, but when they are constantly reminded of these potential benefits, it can pay dividends.
Keep track of progress.
An incredibly powerful way to inspire people and keep them motivated is to track progress. Write down the activities, the need for assistance on certain days, and other things they do every single day.
In a few weeks or couple of months when the senior is not feeling too positive or encouraged, they can look back through this journal and see how they have improved in their strength, agility, balance, and many other aspects of their life. That can be just what they need to continue pushing through this recovery.
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