The Right to Recover- 5 Ways to Make Your Road to Recovery Easy and Effective
Today, as we celebrate the commemoration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO), SuVitas joins the medical fraternity to reinforce our commitment to realize the highest level of wellness for our countrymen, through awareness and action on the health priorities of our nation.
Right to good health is one of the most essential privileges of human kind. But how often has it been fully realized in our societies, especially in developing nations like India? Thanks to the rise of the empowered consumer, today access to quality healthcare has emerged to be a key topic of discussion in the media. Yet what still fails to graze the attention is the minuscule patient population who are actually able to attain complete recovery from illnesses.
Our multi specialty hospitals are equipped to provide advanced care to critical patients. But are they ensuring the holistic recovery of an individual to their normal lives after criticality is taken care? Recovery care deserves to gather significant mention in the course of completing care. After administering life supporting treatment, it is the natural duty as well to refer those patients who need post hospitalization care to specialized rehabilitation centers for their effective recovery. Large number of hospital re-admissions, post op complications and insufficient recovery can be minimized, if holistic approach is taken during the convalescing period.
This World Health Day, SuVitas brings to you 5 Ways to Make Your Road to Recovery Easy and Effective
1. Understanding when you need extended care
If you are a patient recovering from a major accident, a surgery or cardiac and neurological disorders, it is important for you to receive post hospitalization care soon after your discharge. This will be your first step towards an effective and empowered recovery.
2. Realize the importance of Rehabilitation
Soon after the discharge from hospital, you are likely to be weak but still don’t want to be dependent on family to do your basic day to day activities. You would want to come out of urinary catheter support, or gather enough strength to walk independently. These are some of the really basic skills rehabilitation centers will work upon so that you can go back to your home confidently. This sense of independence can positively contribute to an early recovery in patients.
3. Diet for Recovery
An often-neglected aspect of healing is the diet. A balanced diet that is enriched with anti-inflammatory and nutrient-rich foods is as important as medication for the recovering patient. To get back on your feet quickly and resume to an active lifestyle, every meal of your day should be in par with the nutritional requirements of your body. Your nutritionist can work together with your doctor for greater results.
4. Skilled Nursing Care
Patients recovering from critical illnesses are prone to more than one type of infection. It is therefore important for one to be assured of constant monitoring of health and management of all relevant medical conditions. In order to minimize relapse and incidence of re-admissions to hospitals, continuous care of skilled nurses should be sought.
5. Psychological Support
It is natural for one to go through bouts of traumatic and painful experiences during the recovering phase. However, precaution should be taken to minimize the impact of this on one’s mental health, since no recovery is complete until the mind is healed. Family can play a great role here by working with the doctor to drive the care plan as per the patient’s comfort levels. Extended psychological support could be demanded through therapy sessions.
Your health is your right. Make sure your road to recovery is easy and effective.
By Vijay Janagama
Director, New Initiatives, SuVitas Holistic Healthcare