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Why It’s Important to Follow Doctor’s Orders to Avoid a Readmission

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Charlotte NC

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesA lot can go on when a senior is initially hospitalized, creating the opportunity for confusion. For example, when they’re hospitalized and sitting in that bed for several days undergoing a number of tests, they may be given certain instructions and directions by their doctor that they should follow with their discharge, but then they don’t really pay attention to it.

For example, somebody who was hospitalized with pneumonia may be feeling almost back to normal and can’t understand why their doctor is telling them they have to take it easy, avoid strenuous activity, get plenty of rest, and make sure to take whatever prescription medications are offered in order to avoid hospital readmission in the future.

They feel almost 100 percent. Why would they have to take it easy? In this particular example, pneumonia will linger for quite some time in the body. It becomes extremely dangerous for elderly individuals to contract pneumonia because their body doesn’t have nearly the same strength or immunity against these viruses as they did in their younger years.

When a senior has been hospitalized following pneumonia and is being set to get discharged, they will be feeling quite well and will likely be anxious to get back to their normal routine. Unfortunately, this normal routine, if it involves strenuous activity and doing too many things throughout the day, that senior will likely find himself or herself right back in the hospital in a matter of days, possibly with a much more life-threatening situation on hand.

It’s not just pneumonia that becomes a major concern. It’s following a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, and the list can go on and on. If somebody is stubborn and unwilling to follow doctor’s orders, they reduce the chances of making a proper and full recovery and actually increase the risk of having to be readmitted in the future.

While hospital readmission is technically any time somebody is readmitted within 30 days of discharge, if the senior has to be readmitted within 40 days, mostly because he didn’t pay attention to doctor’s instructions, that is a significantly missed opportunity.

It’s not only a missed opportunity, but it places the senior’s future health and ability to recover in jeopardy as well.

By following doctor’s orders, taking medications as prescribed, eating healthy, getting exercise, and so much more, the senior will dramatically increase the chances of recovery and reduce the risk of a hospital readmission.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Charlotte, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.

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Shanele Healy

Caring for others has always been a passion for the owner. She joined the healthcare field while still in high school believing that every health provider had the same intentions at heart. While working as a nurse assistant and a Registered Nurse, Gloria quickly realized that those whom needed us most were being neglected and not receiving the best quality of care they deserved.

Knowing in her heart that families deserved better, she started Caring At Heart in 2008 with two key goals in mind: To provide clients and their families with an experience that was personable, easy, and reassuring and to create a working environment that employees were excited and proud to be a part of.