WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Home Instead Senior Care is offering "The Five Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalizations" guide, developed with Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, incoming president of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.
During winter, the risk of local seniors being hospitalized spikes to its highest, despite the fact that almost half of these hospitalizations (49 percent) can be avoided.
The free guide includes information about common risk factors and the steps families can take to help ensure a healthy lifestyle. Recommendations include:
- Make sure the senior is taking preventive health measures – like getting a flu shot or shingles vaccination.
- Encourage the use of assistive equipment.
- Monitor and/or assist with medications.
- Attend doctor’s visits and be a medical advocate for your senior.
- Assess your senior’s balance.
- Make sure your senior is able to drive safely.
- Check in on aging loved ones regularly.
According to a new study of nurses who work primarily with seniors, January, February and March are the height of hospitalization season for seniors, primarily for respiratory infections, such as flu or pneumonia, and for other winter hazards.
Nearly all nurses surveyed say the role that families play in keeping seniors out of the hospital is just as important as the role of the medical community.
“Keeping seniors safe at home and out of the hospital starts with family intervention,” said Brian Trainor, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care franchises serving Westchester and Putnam counties. “It could be as simple as making sure your parents are using assistive equipment to avoid falls or suggesting they see a doctor for any new aches or symptoms.”
To obtain a copy of the guide, call 914-997-0400 or 845-278-5800. Additional free resources are at www.preventseniorhospitalizations.com .
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