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Nurses Say Family Intervention is Key to Preventing Hospitalizations

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With Northwest Indiana in the heart of the winter season, the risk of local seniors being re-admitted into hospitals spikes to its highest of the year, according to representatives from Home Instead Senior Care in Merrillville. Facility owner Sandi Haywood says almost half of these re-hospitalizations can be avoided with proper prevention and that family members need to serve as an advocate to their senior relative.  According to the study of nurses who work primarily with seniors, January, February and March are the height of hospitalization season for seniors due primarily to respiratory infections, such as flu or pneumonia, and other winter hazards. Knowing that a hospital stay can actually lead to more serious health declines, local senior care experts are mounting an informational campaign to educate families and decrease hospitalizations so that seniors may remain at home and healthy year-round.

Sharon Jackson, Lakeshore News


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