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Getting Exercise May Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates, but Pay Attention to Heat and Humidity for the Senior

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates Medfield MA

Reducing Hospital Readmission RatesThere are so many things that go into making a full recovery after a hospital stay. For people of all ages, they need to follow doctors’ orders as closely as possible. There may be certain things the doctor recommends they do that are simply not practical for them. As people get older, especially seniors, it may be more difficult for them to get around on their own and even get exercise.

Some seniors and even their family members may not see the value in getting exercise, especially if their health is at risk. There is a common misconception that exercise is detrimental to somebody with cardiovascular disease, recovering from major surgery, recovering from stroke, or anything else.

Yes, there are certain conditions in which exercise is not recommended, such as pneumonia. However, for most seniors, their doctor will likely recommend at least some level of exercise on a regular basis to help strengthen the heart muscles and increase circulation throughout the body.

It’s important to remember that any senior should consult with his or her doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, whether it is conducted by an experienced trainer or they are simply going for walks on a regular basis with their family members or a professional caregiver.

By exercising, the senior will increase the chances of making a full recovery and that will have the ability to reduce hospital readmission rates. In the summer, though, it’s important to pay attention to heat and humidity as that can have a detrimental impact on a person’s health.

As people age, their body begins to have difficulty maintaining optimal core temperature, especially when faced with extreme hot or cold conditions. When the temperature is approaching 90 or is over 90 and the humidity level is high, this dramatically increases the risk of heat exhaustion and even heatstroke for an aging individual. That’s why it is so important for the particular caregiver working with them to pay attention to the signs and encourage the senior to drink plenty of fluids, avoid direct exposure to sunlight, and cool off more frequently than they might have to with younger individuals.

If the senior does not have any type of air conditioning in their home, it may be best to seek shelter at a local community center that provides some type of air conditioning for seniors in need. Recovery at home can certainly be affected negatively by hot temperatures and high humidity. Make extra special note of these weather conditions and avoid strenuous activity for the senior when the sun is at its hottest and the temperature is at its peak.

For more information about how Care Resolutions can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 508-359-4675

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.