Transitional Home Care in Westerville, OH
Comfort Keepers of Westerville, OH is here to help you provide your elderly loved one with transitional home care that will help speed their recovery
It's a sure bet that your entire family will be delighted to hear your elderly loved one will be coming home from the hospital. However, as the designated family caregiver, your work is just getting started when you welcome them home.
You as the Family Caregiver
As the elected (or volunteered) family caregiver, it will be your job to organize and provide most of the transitional home care your loved one is likely to need. During this time, you also need to be able to rely on the rest of your family, your loved one's caregiver, and their doctor to help you when you need a helping hand.
Readmission rates in the US are still too high
- 25% of seniors who are discharged to nursing homes have a higher risk of readmission within 30 days.
- The cost of readmission to the U.S. healthcare system is over $17 billion not including those coming from urgent-care facilities and emergency rooms.
- 75% of these readmissions can be prevented.
- One in five seniors will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
Providing Transitional Home Care, Is No Walk In the Park
There is a huge difference between taking care of a sick kid when they come from school and providing transitional home care for an elderly loved one after they have been in the hospital. This is a situation in which many family caregivers start to feel like they can barely keep their heads above water. If you find this happening to you, a Comfort Keepers caregiver is available to toss you a lifeline.
Helping Keep Your Head Out of the Water
Along with helping with transitional home care your loved one needs and giving you a much-needed break, our caregivers will also help with:
- Continuous monitoring of health and maintaining communication between the family, doctors, rehabilitation specialist, etc.
- Homemaking services (decluttering, light house cleaning, laundry, dishes, meal planning & cooking, etc.)
- Personal care services including bathing, grooming, mobility assistance, incontinence support, etc.)
- Transportation to appointments and taking care of numerous errands.
- Companionship and emotional support throughout their recovery journey
Relapse Among Seniors Is Only Getting Marginally Better
According to studies, during the first 30 to 180 days after making the transition home from the hospital are when the highest risk of readmission sits for seniors. New medical science developments and better transitional home care have helped to reduce the risks and they are significantly better. Most of the causes fall on this list:
- Medications – concerning the taking of new medication that causes adverse side effects and those who do not take their medication as instructed, resulting in adverse side effects.
- Secondary Diagnoses – covering those patients who develop a medical condition or display severe symptoms not seen during their hospitalization.
- Limited Access to Appropriate Post Hospital Care – covering those with limited transportation to their appointments, picking up needed medications, and have the daily support they need.
- Lack of Education by Medical Team – covers those who did not receive the proper transition home care education by the patient's medical care team before they come home.
- Severity and Type of Medical Condition – covering those who are in the late stages of a medical condition or suffering from a chronic condition such as heart disease or Alzheimer's.
You Are Now the Keeper of the Records
While your loved one was in the hospital; their medical care team was the keeper of their medical records. Be sure you get a copy of them as they contain a treasure trove of information regarding your loved one's care and progress while in the hospital. They may also contain future care instructions you are definitely going to need. Part of providing transitional home care is that it's your turn to take over the record keeping. You can work with our caregiver to create your own forms to use for monitoring them at home. Here are four important things you should put in their "records:"
- A list of appointments, what was discussed and what, if anything was done.
- Contact information, including caregivers and emergency contacts.
- A schedule that includes all family caregivers, when they will be there and what they need to do.
- A record of all medications, when they need to be taken and the correct dosage.
Keep in mind that the more details you put down, the easier it will be for their doctor and medical care team to monitor their progress and if necessary, make adjustments to their transitional home care plan.
Steps to Make Your Home Ready for the Homecoming
Your loved one is going to require a few things during their convalescence to create a home that is safe and sanitary. Among these are:
- Be sure furniture is arranged to make room for any mobility equipment.
- Create a care plan schedule that lets your loved one know who will be with them and when.
- Install any needed safety equipment.
- Be sure the house is clean and disinfected eliminating allergens and bacteria.
- Place items that are used daily within easy reach.
- Introduce your loved one to their transitional home care provider before they are discharged.
If you need help providing transitional home care for your loved one, contact Comfort Keepers of Westerville, OH at (614) 699-6786. We can help. Our caregivers have undergone training in transitional care and can be there to shoulder the load and help you give your loved one the best chance at a full recovery.
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