Seniors often avoid hospitals. For many, the hospital is a place to be avoided at all cost, that if they enter, they’ll never come out.
Instead of addressing health concerns, they might allow the little issues to pile up. They might also ignore symptoms, or hide them from friends and family.
They might avoid seeking treatment for an arthritic knee, or another treatable malady, until something happens. Perhaps a fall from the sore knee? The knee could have been addressed with medication or exercises. But due to the fall, there is a broken hip, surgery to repair it and then a rather lengthy recovery from surgery. And probably a stay in a rehab facility.
Worse, the injured party was not at optimal strength, because they reduced their activity level prior to the fall. Those little issues that piled up, started a slow decline. Maybe they stopped getting up to cook meals, eating properly, going grocery shopping, or even going out to pick up medications.
Many times, we don’t realize a loved one is in this place, until they are taken to the hospital after a catastrophic event sends them to the emergency room.
We can help our loved ones before this type of situation occurs…
CONSIDER A TRIP TO YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL:
Or at least your local hospitals website.
In Lake County, Ohio we have TriPoint Medical Center and Lake Health West Medical Center, both part of Lake Health. Also part of Lake Health, there are urgent care, physical therapy, diagnostics and other healthcare locations scattered throughout Lake County.
What type of information is on Lake Health’s website?
- Recipes for healthy eating and cooking tips
- Buttons to connect to Lake Health via social media
- Classes and Events; skin cancer screenings, music therapy classes to help manage diabetes, kayaking for fitness and fun, classes to quit smoking, and so much more. (Some classes are free, some have fees.)
- Presentations; Lake Health frequently has staff present on topics of interest, such as joint replacement surgery or heart health.
- 2013 Arthritis Expo information
- Details about a new walking path soon to be constructed around the TriPoint facility for both hospital staff, guests, patients and also for community use.
DO SOMETHING FUN AT THE HOSPITAL:
A fun event or outing is a nice way of getting everybody out of the house. But it might also help make your local hospital seem less threatening. Which can encourage a loved one to maintain scheduled doctors appointments, or even to feel more comfortable if they do require a hospital stay. The familiar is always more comfortable–less scary.
TriPoint Medical Center presents Growing up:Making the Big Girl Shoes Fit, on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Road, Concord Township, OH 44077.
From Lake Health...
You’re invited to meet Lake Health’s Lori Stevic-Rust, PhD, ABPP, as she shares her book, Greedy for Life: A Memoir on Aging with Gratitude. Learn how her grandmother’s extraordinary lessons of love and living guided Lori on her journey to adulthood.
Discover how her multi-generational family made their big girl shoes fit. The fee of $15 includes a copy of the book.
Bring your mother, daughters and friends to this event and wear your best big-girl shoes!
Gathering families and friends, or groups of mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmother’s gets people talking. Sometimes when conversations get started, we find out little pieces of information that can help us to help our loved ones.
For example, maybe we find out our grandmother needs extra help getting to the grocery store and we get the opportunity to arrange for help, instead of allowing her to struggle.
Non-medical home care can be wonderful. A caregiver can take your loved one to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, hair appointments and other activities. Sometimes seniors need a little more help and their children must work. At Taylor Made Home Care, its common for caregivers to fill in those gaps.
The old thinking? Staying OUT of the hospital is healthy. But these days, hospitals offer tools to help us maintain our good health. They offer a wealth of resources not only to our elderly, but to all of us.
For more information on services mentioned above or to register for an event by phone, please call the Best of Health Line at 800-454-9800.
Please click on the provided links, take a look around, and see what services are available. If you haven’t visited these sites recently, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!!