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3 Essential Tips for Positive Pneumonia Care at Home that Will Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates Salisbury, NC

RReduce Hospital Readmission RatesIf you are responsible for providing any type of home care for a senior after they’ve been discharged from the hospital following a diagnosis of pneumonia, you may have a great deal of information presented before you. Maybe the senior’s doctor gave you a list of things the elderly individual should or shouldn’t do. You may go online and read up on a lot of information.

The main goal for anyone who has been discharged from the hospital following pneumonia is to make a full recovery. Depending on the severity of the pneumonia and the strength of the senior’s body and immune system, the recovery can take quite a bit of time. While you may not be thinking about ways to reduce hospital readmission rates, that will be essentially what happens when the senior makes a full and complete recovery.

Here are three essential tips for pneumonia care at home that can have a direct impact on the overall recovery.

Tip #1: Make sure the senior gets plenty of rest.

Most of the time the elderly individual is hospitalized, they will often be encouraged to get exercise by their doctor once they’re discharged. Exercise helps the body stay in shape and gets the heart the valuable conditioning it needs to maximize efficiency pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. However, with pneumonia it is absolutely essential that the senior gets the right level of rest.

By the time he or she is discharged from the hospital, they probably feel much better already. Just because they begin to feel better doesn’t mean they can get up and start cleaning the house and doing an assortment of activities. They need to rest.

Tip #2: That cough is productive, so don’t suppress it.

The phlegm in the cough is bringing up the virus or bacteria that caused the pneumonia. It is actually essential not to suppress the cough, even though it may sound to be uncomfortable for the senior. If the cough is extreme and painful, the senior should consult his or her doctor to find out if there’s anything they can do to help in that situation.

Tip #3: Make sure the senior drinks plenty of water.

It is absolutely essential that the senior stay hydrated throughout the recovery. The cough can make it sound as though they have water in their lungs and therefore shouldn’t drink water, but if that’s the process they follow they run the risk of becoming dehydrated which can exacerbate the situation.

Follow these tips and you’ll help the senior maximize the chances of making a full recovery at home from the moment.

For more information about how TenderHearted Home Care can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 704-207-0265

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Renee Gray

Founder, Owner, President at TenderHearted Home Care
As Founder, Owner & President of TenderHearted Home Care, I have always had a heart for helping others. I started with babysitting while a teenager, assisting the mentally disabled in a work environment for 10 years, homeschooling my two sons, serving others for 9 years while employed through the local hospital and since 2011 have been focused on helping seniors to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. I am a Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM) as designated by the Association of Care Services At Home (www.acsah.org).

I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.

I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.