Any hospitalization outcome other than going home is very upsetting for the elderly patient. It’s filled with nervousness and dread.
Studies show that the main risk for seniors and their family occurs 30 days after discharge when the senior indicates that they do not want to go into a nursing home, which includes skilled or acute rehabilitation.
Instead of arguing with an elderly person who insists they do not need assistance, try asking, “Tell me more,” or “What are you worried about?”
Make them feel heard and cared for by addressing their concerns directly. Everyone wants to be heard, but no one enjoys being lectured to. It’s important to reassure them that their stay is short-term. Assure them that if they are committed to their physical, occupational, and speech treatment, they will be able to return home in a relatively short time.
Rehabilitation is often part of the recovery process for people of all ages. Remind them that their situation is more challenging than they realize and that they need extra attention and help while waiting for their medical condition to improve.
In certain cases, an elderly person’s impairment in executive functioning might make it difficult for them to accept the care they need, especially if they are suffering from memory loss or dementia. If you’re having problems with some of dementia’s trickier situations, you should talk to an aging life care professional.Download the six essential steps to managing the hospitalization provided in the link below. If you need more assistance than is offered in this video, you can contact us toll free at 855-456-7972 or visit our website at www.ikorofwpa.com.