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When Dad’s Stroke is Significant, Here are 3 Steps to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Wellesley, MA

Reducing-Hospital-Readmission-RatesThat moment you received a phone call was a moment that changed your life forever. You found out your father had been rushed to the hospital following a stroke. While you were planning time off from work, scheduling a flight to get out to the hospital and visit with your father, your thoughts probably raced in a million different directions. One thing that likely never crossed your mind was how to help him reduce hospital readmission rates for the future. After all, when you’re not focused on readmission rates, you don’t know there are steps everyone can take to help reduce them.

By the time he reached the hospital you found out his stroke was considered quite significant. It was a miracle he survived at all and the doctors were not too optimistic about his ability to walk ever again.

Over time more family members and friends began arriving and you finally had an opportunity to meet with his primary doctor. The doctor explained that the stroke essentially destroyed the right side of his brain, meaning he would be unable to use the left side of his body. Even through physical therapy he wasn’t going to regain much movement but it was going to be an absolutely essential component of recovery so he could still tend to some aspects of his basic care.

After nearly 2 weeks your father was discharged from the hospital and sent to a nursing home for another couple of weeks while he began physical therapy and the recovery process. It was then that you learned of three key steps that would help him in the recovery process and ultimately help reduce hospital readmission rates.

Step #1: Have the proper level of support at home.

This meant hiring a series of home care aides to work with him on a daily basis. He wasn’t too keen on the idea of having somebody come to his home, especially a number of different people every single day, but he also recognized his limitations.

Step #2: Focus on staying as active as possible.

Even though your father’s stroke was severe and he had to give up many things he used to enjoy, you also realized how important it was for him to have things to look forward to every single day. Just because your father had a stroke doesn’t mean he has to stop exercising and being physically active. It is certainly going to be a much greater challenge, but exercise helps to strengthen the heart, improves circulation, and carries oxygen more effectively to vital organs in the body, including the brain.

Step #3: Follow the doctor’s orders for recovery to the letter.

Your father’s primary care physician knows what is best for him and will prescribe the best plan of action for recovery. Failing to follow these orders may do exactly what you’re trying to avoid – put your father back in the hospital after just a short time. This is not the ideal situation for stroke recovery, and the best way to ensure that you are doing everything you can to avoid a return to the hospital is to follow the doctor’s recommendation for treatment.

These steps, among many others that go into recovering from a stroke or other major medical event, should help you and your elderly loved one do everything possible to keep him or her from returning to the hospital.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Wellesley, 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.