When your loved one has been the hospital and is discharged, you want to make sure they can remain at home. Avoiding readmission to the hospital is very important, because although hospitalization can save lives and manage disease, it can also increase health dangers for seniors.
Hospitalization can increase delirium, urinary tract and other types of infections, falls, bedsores and serious muscle weakness. Some seniors never recover from avoidable events that are created by long hospital stays. This is why care during the transition from hospital to home is so critical. When done properly, it has the best chance of seniors avoiding readmission for the same condition within 30 days.
One of the leading causes of hospital readmission or slow post-hospitalization recovery is the lack of proper support following a hospital discharge. The first 72 hours following a procedure or hospital stay represent a critical and vulnerable time for the patient, often involving a new diagnosis and changes in daily habits, required medications, meal regimens, rehab exercises and more. In the critical days and weeks following a hospital discharge, the patient requires regular observation and care.
Professional home caregivers can provide the monitoring, reminders and emotional support needed to help your loved one recover successfully at home. They can also provide coordination with the many providers and instructions your loved one may have received upon discharge. According to the National Transitions of Care Coalition as many as 70% of Medicare patients admitted to the hospital for care in 2003 received services from an average of 10 or more physicians during their stay. That is a lot of information to process in order to provide effective at-home care after discharge.
There are many different types of transitions from care. Your loved one may be discharged from a hospital or a rehabilitation center. In either case, trained in-home care, like that available from Home Care Assistance, is essential in to provide a safe and successful recovery process. Care managers provide expert planning and coordination as your loved one is discharged from the hospital and begins recovery at home. Caregivers work with your loved one each day to support their recovery and rehabilitation process and serve as a constant source of support, providing services that include:
- Assisting with walking and transferring from bed to wheelchair
- Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
- Medication reminders
- Toileting and incontinence care
- Status reporting to family
- Safety and fall prevention
It pays to educate yourself about transitions from hospital or rehab to home and we offer many resources to help you. You can download our Hospital to Home Care Guide, and read more about our transitions to home services.
The transition from hospital or rehab care to home can be an intense time of special needs. You can relieve the stress and pressure of care by calling on trained professionals to support you. You will have the peace of mind knowing that professionals with knowledge and training are caring for your loved one so that you can provide the joy and happiness they need to get through the recovery period.