Reintegration After Hospitalization: What You Should Know

After an illness or injury resulting in a hospital stay, seniors may find it difficult to return to everyday activities. Even the most active individuals may be confronted by an inability to settle into a routine after a hiatus — particularly if the patient’s muscles were left weakened by injury or lengthy bedrest. There are several measures older adults and their family members can take to ensure a smooth transition after discharge from the hospital. Ensuring individuals in Grand Rapids are well-informed about their post-hospital recovery plan, have access to senior rehabilitation programs, and take medications as instructed are each important elements of the healing process.

Request Information for Post-Hospital Recovery

One of the most important steps families can take to ensure their relatives fully heal and are able to resume activities as normal is to keep a hospital discharge checklist including questions for the primary care physician, a list of medications and prescription leaflets stating dosage information, side effects, and relevant notices, and outpatient instructions. Diligence in adhering to the doctor’s orders can mean the difference between a healthy recovery and readmission into the hospital.

Explore Rehabilitation Therapies

Dependent on the reason for admittance to the hospital, individuals may benefit from therapy conducted at a senior rehabilitation center in Grand Rapids. Common forms of geriatric rehabilitation include balance assessment and fall prevention, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and stroke programs. Although individuals can attend therapy through an outpatient program, inpatient programs are more time intensive and therefore often speed up the healing process. Skilled nursing care in Grand Rapids focuses on helping patients return to normal life and reach their highest potential for independence.

Remember to Take Medications

Another important element to a successful hospital discharge is to ensure seniors have their prescriptions filled and that they remember to take the proper dosage of medications at the required times. In addition, careful attention to special instructions should be given to ensure medications are taken with food if necessary to avoid an uneasy stomach. Physicians write prescriptions which are designed to support particular discharge needs and promote a comfortable recovery. Administering medicine when instructed can help seniors avoid gaps in pain or infection management. If necessary, individuals should leave notes to take medications in high-traffic areas of the home or ask a trusted relative or friend to deliver reminders if they tend to be forgetful.

Slow and Steady

Above all else, it is important to remember that in order to achieve a quick and successful recovery, elders need to pace themselves. Engage in enjoyable activities and connect with individuals with similar lifestyles.


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