Allison Bond, RN, is the Client Care Manager for Home Care Assistance serving the Northern Virginia community. She has been a Registered Nurse for over twenty years and spent a majority of her career working in cardiology before joining the Home Care Assistance team. Allison is passionate about working with seniors and uses her expertise in health care to help the aging population and their families find home care solutions for successful post-hospital recovery.
I have been a Registered Nurse for over twenty years and have worked in numerous outpatient settings. During this time, I have seen patients miss critical follow-up hospital appointments, mismanage their medications or misinterpret their discharge instructions. I have seen many give up trying because they are overwhelmed, alone, or don’t have the resources available to help themselves. I have seen firsthand the benefits of having home care in place and how a skilled home care team can help alleviate those issues.
One of the leading causes of hospital readmission is the lack of proper support following a hospital discharge. Discharge planning starts at the time of admission and should include home care options for patients who could benefit from assistance that would support their recovery. Setting a patient up to succeed once they leave the hospital is key. Home care ensures a smooth transition from hospital to home and a knowledgeable care team will be able to take the burden off of the patient and guide him or her through the process.
To ensure the patient continues on the road to recovery, the caregiver will ensure the discharge plan is being followed, that the client makes all follow-up hospital appointments, and will verify that medications are being taken at the right time and in the correct dosage. Home Care Assistance can provide help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), which is often needed initially and scaled back as the recovery process progresses. Patients can feel confident knowing that they are safe at home with someone there to assist them, and families can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their loved one is being cared for by a compassionate, skilled caregiver. Gradually, as the patient recovers, they will work their way towards being more independent and needing less assistance.
Returning home after a hospitalization with the assistance of home care improves a patient’s ability to rest, recover, and—most importantly—stay out of the hospital.
For more information on Home Care Assistance’s Hospital to Home Care Program, please visit www.HospitaltoHomeCare.com.