Nutrition has long been an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting the right blend of vitamins and minerals as well as other nutrients is essential for people of all ages and all physical compositions. However, following a hospitalization, diet and nutrition can be even more instrumental in the recovery process.
Unfortunately, many people don’t have a solid education regarding their nutrition. They are surrounded by quick, frozen, processed meals, fast food, and many choices that are loaded with sugars and other unhealthy ingredients. Many of these popular food choices have a significant shortfall of nutritional value, so even though a person is eating a frozen dinner, for example, loaded with some vegetables and a protein meat, they are likely not getting very much usable nutrition.
Home health care providers offer elderly and disabled clients who are returning from a hospital stay a great asset in that they can encourage them to eat better, pay attention to their nutrition, and follow doctor’s instructions more closely. They can even help them shop for healthier foods that can get them on the road to recovery sooner.
Nutrition is so important that failing to understand or pay attention to proper nourishment increases the risk of a readmission to the hospital.
According to the CBS New York article, New Study’s Findings Emphasize Importance [o]f Nutrition [i]n Home Health Care, written by Dr. Max Gomez:
“In fact, a new study found that when nutritional drinks and education were provided to malnourished home health care patients, they were 18% less likely to be admitted to re-admitted to the hospital within 90 days.
Suela Sulo, Ph.D., is a health outcomes researcher with Abbott.
“Through identifying the patients with malnutrition risk, feeding them with the right nutritional drinks, you are increasing their chances of recovering faster, not going back to the hospital or not going to the hospital in the first place,” Sulo said.”
An experienced home care aide is an invaluable asset for not just physical support, but also helping them recover following hospitalizations. The more experience a home care aide has in supporting elderly or disabled clients, the more effective they can be at reducing readmission risks.
Nutrition is an important component of the recovery process and for any patient who is being discharged from the hospital and doesn’t have a great deal of experience with it, hiring a home care aide could be the single most important decision they make.
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