Your father, maybe in his 60s, 70s, or 80s, has recently been hospitalized. You’re concerned about him because, even though his doctor has recommended home care support, he doesn’t seem inclined to believe that’s necessary.
Right now, he’s outright refusing to even consider home care support services. This is causing you and the rest of your family a great deal of frustration and anxiety. You don’t want to see him back in the hospital before long.
A hospital readmission is technically any time somebody is readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. The federal government has been placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, and your father and other patients have a significant role to play in it.
So, does he have the right to refuse extra care?
Yes, he does. As an independent individual, as long as he is able to rationally think and is cogent and lucid, he has the right to determine whether or not he receives home care support services. There may be certain reasons why he doesn’t want to consider the prospect of relying on a home care aide, visiting nurse, or other professional.
Take some time to understand his reasons.
His reasons may be completely different than what your expectations would be. He may have certain misconceptions about home care services. Maybe a friend, sibling, or other loved one in the past relied on a home care aide and things didn’t work out too well.
Maybe he assumes it’s just too expensive. You might not realize that a home care aide, visiting nurse, or even a physical therapist could be hired for just a couple of hours a day. He may not even realize a visiting nurse is only needed once or twice a week to check is vital statistics and make sure everything is moving smoothly with regard to his recovery.
Explain the benefits of following doctor’s instructions.
When you understand his reasons, sit down and explain why it’s so important for him to follow his doctor’s instructions. He may assume the recovery is going to go along fine whether he follows those instructions or not.
Also, help him focus on the future.
At the moment, your father may not be focused on his future. When you can get him thinking about the future, the activities he wants to do, spending time with friends, and more, help him realize that if he doesn’t work on this recovery and complications arise he may not be able to do those things. This can be exactly what he needs to realize there are incredible benefits to home care support.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care in Rockville Center, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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