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Small Victories Make a World of Difference for Seniors While in Recovery

For the first several weeks after Meredith returned home from the hospital, she was extremely dependent on family, friends, and home care providers. At first, while in the hospital following the stroke, she didn’t even want to think about relying on strangers for any support, but she quickly realized how limited her mobility was and how much pressure it would place on her adult children, spouse, and others to support her.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Charleston SC: Celebrate Small Victories

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Charleston SC: Celebrate Small Victories

She finally relented and agreed to hire home care aides.

She had a visiting nurse stopping by once a week for the first few weeks. She had a physical therapist working with her three days a week. She had a series of home care aides supplementing the care she received from her family.

During those first weeks, there was little to celebrate. It seemed as though nothing was going to improve. She honestly believed nothing was going to change and she was going to be bedridden the rest of her life. By week four, she started getting out of bed, or at least swinging her legs over the side and easing down, with minimal assistance.

By week six, she was able to get dressed on her own, without any physical assistance. She had somebody there with her in case she started to lose her balance or feel weak, but this was a major accomplishment.

It’s important to celebrate these little victories.

Most of the time people overlook small victories. They might seem to be no big deal. In the grand scheme of things, they might not be, and when compared to what other people accomplish every single day, they seem paltry. However, for a senior or other individual struggling through recovery, these little victories can mean everything.

Meredith was excited. She felt progress finally being made. All of the struggling, the exhausting physical therapy, the exercises, and the constant hard work was starting to show results.

At first, her family wasn’t going to make a big deal out of this, but when one of her children suggested to the others that this was a momentous occasion to celebrate, they came over, brought a healthy dinner, talked, played some games, and it felt wonderful.

This lifted Meredith’s spirits in a way she couldn’t have anticipated before they did that for her. It motivated her to continue pressing forward and even though there were no illusions that she would regain full mobility, she knew a wide breadth of possibilities had once again opened up for her.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Charleston, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116.  Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.

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Edward Harrison

Edward Harrison founded the Heart of the Carolinas Homecare in 2007 when he saw there was a need for caregivers that provide non-medical home care services, at a price that most people could afford. It was standard in the industry to require hourly minimums and it was common to be assigned a caregiver, not matched with one based on your individual personal needs. Edward understood that to make a successful relationship between caregiver and client, skills were not enough, personality and compatibility plays as much a role as do skills.

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