How long will it take for that 76-year-old individual you happen to know to recover from this medical emergency? This person was hospitalized and is finally set for discharge, but the doctor has warned -not just the patient, but their family and friends, basically their support system- that this recovery could last or linger for many, many months.
The longer recovery is expected to take, the more difficult it will be.
The individual may have to avoid certain exercises or other activities for a while. By not being able to exercise, they won’t be able to regain strength. If recovery seems to go on and on, there is an increased risk the senior will feel like they will simply never get back to their old strength, vitality, or even ability to do certain activities they enjoy.
It’s not easy to stay positive.
There are some things that can be done, though, to help somebody remain positive when facing some extremely difficult challenges ahead. Here are five ways that family and friends might be able to help their elderly loved one maintain a positive attitude when recovery goes on for months.
- Set goals.
Setting goals is crucial. Without goals, how can somebody understand whether or not they are making progress? How will they know what they’re looking forward to? Set these goals for daily, weekly, and monthly increments and adjust, as needed.
- Keep a journal or record of progress.
Progress can move very slowly. It can move so slow that some may not feel they’re getting anywhere. If they keep a daily journal about the activities, exercises, and other things they do, in a few weeks or couple of months they can look back and see that yes, they really are making progress.
- Understand how each exercise or activity builds strength.
When strength is returning very slowly, it may feel like certain activities or exercises are not necessary, or aren’t working. If that’s the case, the senior should be encouraged to speak to his or her doctor or physical therapist to be clear on why they’re doing these particular exercises.
- Spend time with friends and family.
Being surrounded by loved ones can offer a great deal of encouragement, especially during those moments when recovery seems to be lagging behind or even stagnant.
- Seek counsel, if necessary.
Sometimes speaking to an experienced counselor or other professional can help the senior see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Whatever it takes to keep somebody encouraged and dedicated to their recovery is going to be a great asset.
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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.
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