Each time my grandmother was hospitalized, I learned things I did not previously. know.This information made each subsequent hospital stay easier to deal with. Here are 4 things you should be aware of.
1. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
On 3 occasions my grandma was diagnosed with MRSA a day or 2 after admission. All the hospital personnel could tell me, was that this is common in elderly patients. She always showed no signs of this infection by the time she was discharged.
2. Predizone raises blood sugar
My grandmother had asthma when she was in her 40’s. She was later diagnosed with COPD and congestive heart failure, and put on oxygen. She received breathing treatments with the steroid prednizone while hospitalized. Twice when she returned to the hospital, and once while recuperating in the nursing home she was told that her records indicated she had diabetes.
We explained that she had never been diagnosed as being diabetic, and upon further inquiry found that each time the steroid caused her blood sugar to rise, they gave her insulin, and classified her as diabetic..She was never prescribed insulin outside the hospital.
3. Seniors may need nursing home recuperation
When you mention nursing facilities to some elderly people, they are frightened that they will be in one for the rest of their lives. This is not always the case. My grandmother was released from the hospital 2 days after colon surgery. When I arrived to pick her up, I expressed my concern,about her strength and ability to walk.
She weighed 240 lbs, had just had major surgery, and no one had bothered to help her walk through the hospital or given her any therapy. They released her anyway, and when she got home and tried to step up on the porch she became weak had to sit on the ground
We called paramedics, and she was returned to the hospital. This time after her release, they sent her to a nursing home where she received physical therapy, Initially she was frightened, but she was reassured that her stay would be temporary. When twice more she was sent to the nursing home to recuperate after a hospital stay, she was not afraid.
4. Make your presence known and assist
When you can, try to be there at feeding time to feed or assist your loved one.. Also help with bathing, dressing an combing of hair.. This is not to do the job the hospital personnel are paid to do. This is so you know your love one is being taken care of.
Hospitals like nursing homes may be understaffed and or over worked. It is in the best interest of your family member, and your own peace of mind, that you do as much as you can. I have 3 cousins, who made sure that their mother/aunt had one of them with her at all times throughout several hospital stays