Transition Care Program For Annapolis, MD Seniors
Help your loved one recover at home with the support of a transition care program
Once you learn when your loved one is due to return from the hospital, along with the joyous feelings, it gives you time to prepare for their return.
Is This Much Preparation Needed?
The best way to make sure your loved one's transition care program to work is to get everyone on board. This includes their doctor, caregiver, and family caregivers. If you don't take the time to coordinate everything, it can lead to important things being missed and create a risk to your loved one's safety and health.
Readmission By the Numbers
- One in five seniors will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
- 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.
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There Are Many Benefits
Medical providers and post-hospital care teams work hard to create programs that would help ease the patient from the constant medical care in the hospital to being at home.
Most families have little to no idea what they are getting into, let alone the education, time, and energy that will be required. This is where Comfort Keepers team of skilled caregivers can help. Each has been trained in providing transition home care for seniors and is highly experienced. Along with working with you to create a care plan, they are always willing to share their knowledge. Keep in mind that your role in your loved one's transitional care is very important!
How a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Can Help?
Your Comfort Keepers caregiver can help with several important tasks as part of your loved one's transition care program, including:
- Companionship and emotional support throughout the recovery journey
- Personal care services including bathing, grooming, mobility assistance, incontinence support, etc.)
- Homemaking services (decluttering, light house cleaning, laundry, dishes, meal planning & cooking, etc.)
- Continuous monitoring of health and maintaining communication between the family, doctors, rehabilitation specialist, etc.
- Transportation to appointments and taking care of numerous errands.
Things You Can Do to Reduce the Risk of Readmission
According to the latest medical research, the highest risk of readmission typically occurs during the first 30 to 180 days, which is far lower than in the past.
Factors That Can Increase the Risk of Readmission
There are many issues that can lead to readmission, including:
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.
Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Readmission
One of the most important steps you can take prior to your loved one's discharge is to talk to their medical care team and obtain a copy of their in-hospital care records. These cover their medical history and future medical requirements. This information may prove to be useful in creating a transition care program and if you need to contact their doctor or there is a medical emergency.
Be Sure You Ask Plenty of Questions
There is an old adage that goes, " The only dumb questions are those that are not asked." Be sure you talk to their medical care team about your loved one's current condition and any what transition home care will be needed at home. Find out about support groups, care programs, and providers, along with how to stay in touch with their doctor.
Post Discharge Needs
One of the more important post-care steps you can take is to develop a care chart along with maintaining contact with their medical care team. Your care chart should include the following:
- Contact information, including caregivers and emergency contacts.
- A record of all medications, when they need to be taken and the correct dosage.
- A schedule that includes all family caregivers, when they will be there and what they need to do.
- A list of appointments, what was discussed and what, if anything was done.
Be sure you keep accurate and detailed records just in case you need to talk to their medical care provider when your loved one is not present.
Making Sure the Home is Ready
It is crucial that your transition care program includes making sure your home or theirs is ready for their arrival. This is a task that our senior care providers are happy to help with. You should:
- Introduce your loved one to their transition care provider before they are discharged.
- 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.
- 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.
Contact Comfort Keepers
For more information, contact Comfort Keepers of Annapolis, MD and schedule a free care consultation or use our online form.