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Eating Salad Is a Good Start to an Improved Diet That May Help Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates for Dad

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Charlotte NC

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesWhen a senior is discharged and sent home from the hospital, that’s when the recovery will continue. It’s easy to assume that just because a person is discharged that they are “in the clear” with regard to their health and recovery.

Pay attention to what the doctor says, follow his or her instructions clearly, and do what’s right for their overall health and well-being. One of those things could be changing their diet and focusing on eating healthier foods.

May is National Salad Month and eating more salads is a potentially great way to improve health and well-being and it can also help your elderly father recover from whatever ailment or medical emergency caused him to be hospitalized in the first place.

Few people actually consider the prospect of reducing hospital readmission rates for themselves or others, but they do focus on recovery. The two basically go hand-in-hand, though.

The federal government is placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce hospital readmission rates. The main goal for them is to save money on insurance and Medicaid and Medicare expenses. For individuals, it’s about getting back to as close to 100 percent of their health and physical capabilities as possible.

Depending on age, health issues, and other factors, a senior may not be able to return to the activities he or she used to enjoy.

If your father has recently been in the hospital or is currently there, it’s a good idea to get proper home care support for him when he is discharged and sent home. A home care aide will be able to help encourage him to do what the doctor recommended and eat better.

Why a salad?

A salad is a simple meal that can be highly nutritious. Any type of food that’s cooked, whether it’s vegetables, meat, or anything else, it reduces some of the nutritional value in it.

Vegetables and fruits, on the other hand, are rich with the highest source of vitamins and other nutrients, including minerals that the body needs to stay healthy. Having a hearty, healthy salad every day can provide the body the nutrients it needs to stay strong, recover from certain illnesses and ailments, and provide more energy throughout the day.

If your father is not really a salad eater, he may not be inclined to follow through, but with the right type of home care support and encouragement, including letting him know he’ll be able to get back to some of the activities he used to enjoy, he may be more inspired to eat a salad every day.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.