hospital discharge

Hospital stays can be particularly stressful for elderly patients. When returning home isn’t an option, it can lead to feelings of anxiety and concern. Research indicates that the first 30 days after discharge are crucial for seniors and their families, especially when the senior is resistant to going to a nursing home despite needing care or rehabilitation. Instead of insisting, try using empathetic phrases like “Tell me more” or “What are you worried about?” to understand their perspective better.

Creating a supportive environment involves addressing their concerns and making them feel heard and respected. It’s important to listen without sounding authoritative. Assure them that their stay is temporary and emphasize that their dedication to physical, occupational, and speech therapy will help them return home more quickly.

Rehabilitation plays a vital role in recovery for individuals of all ages. It’s essential to communicate that their situation might be more challenging than it appears. While they wait for their medical condition to improve, providing extra care and support is crucial.

When an elderly person’s executive functioning is impaired, especially with memory loss or dementia, additional challenges can arise. In these complex situations, seeking advice from a professional in aging life care can be very beneficial.

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