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The Silent Truth about Depression, Anxiety, and Hospital Readmission Rates

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Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Walnutport PAEmotional health is just as important to recovery as the things a person does physically. An elderly individual who has been recently hospitalized following major surgery, a medical emergency, or injuries sustained in an accident will be facing a considerable amount of time for recovery. While this senior is not likely focusing on hospital readmission rates, finding ways to reduce them, or how they impact his or her overall health, there are many factors that go into recovery itself.

If a person is emotionally distressed, they may be more prone to anxiety and other stresses and they may also be more susceptible to depression. When a person is depressed, they have a tendency to withdraw from various activities and even avoid doing things that may be considered good for them.

A senior who recently spent a considerable amount of time in the hospital and maybe even a few weeks in a nursing home before they finally returned to their own house may be experiencing life in a completely new way with a number of limitations.

This elderly individual may no longer be able to participate in certain activities, whether it was golf, driving, spending more time with friends, or even going for walks in the park. Some of those things may very well be on the table, so to speak, in the months ahead, but for the time being they may be confined mostly to their own home and taking rides to get to follow-up doctor’s appointments.

A person who used to be active and is suddenly having extreme difficulty with their mobility may be subject to an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues.

Depression and anxiety can be considered silent adversaries to recovery. It can easily be mistaken that the senior is tired due to their physical exercise, injuries they sustained, or their overall health issue and that’s why they spend more time in the room away from family or friends.

The reality could be that they are dealing with depression and are withdrawing from others as well as activities they may still be able to do and enjoy. When that happens, a person is much less likely to focus on doing anything good for them, whether it is physical therapy, taking their prescription medications, eating healthy, and much more.

Relying on an experienced home care aide can help the senior realize the path to recovery is about staying positive. With the right caregiver or team of caregivers supporting the senior, recovery becomes not just more possible, but more likely.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Needham, MA, or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

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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.