As we continue to move beyond winter, looking toward the warmer days of spring and summer that will be somewhere in the distance, a person recovering from pneumonia may be facing some serious temptations. Winter can certainly be long, and when you’re not healthy it can feel even longer.
For a senior who was hospitalized due to pneumonia, when they are discharged and sent home they might be feeling pretty good. In fact, in many cases an elderly person will feel like they are completely recovered, even though they are certainly not.
Getting proper pneumonia care at home is essential. With the weather warming up, that’s not going to make it all that easy.
They still need to rest.
Just because the weather has turned warm, the birds are starting to sing once again, and the grass might be starting to turn greener, that doesn’t mean it’s time to get outside, rake up leaves, pick up sticks, and do other things around the property.
A person recovering from pneumonia needs to rest. This is one of the most important aspects of pneumonia care and recovery. If they don’t rest they give the virus or bacteria another chance to reestablish itself, and if it does it becomes that much more difficult to overcome the second time around.
Spend some time thinking about the months ahead.
Instead of trying to do all these tasks around the house, the senior can consider things he or she would like to do this spring and summer. They might want to start a garden, clean up the property, go for walks in the park, and do other similar activities.
By thinking about things they will want to do when it’s warmer and when they are healthy, they can still stay focused and positive. Yes, it can be difficult to take it easy, especially for a normally active individual, but if they don’t take it easy now, by the time the weather is warm enough to do those other things, they might not be able to do them at all.
Heating systems can remove a lot of moisture from the air. Winter is a difficult season for some people to stay hydrated, mostly because they don’t recognize themselves sweating or losing fluids. That’s why it’s important for seniors recovering from pneumonia, even with a difficult, phlegmy cough, to continue drinking at least eight glasses of water every single day.
By following these tips, it can help to improve the chances of recovery and reduce the risk of a return trip to the hospital due to pneumonia.