Transitional Care Services in Burton, MI
As soon as you receive the good news that your loved one will be coming home from the hospital, it's time to get in gear and prepare for their homecoming.
What Kind of Preparation Is Needed?
Providing transitional care services for your loved one is a job for the whole family, their doctor, and senior caregiver. Providing you stick to their care plan nothing should be missed that could lead to their readmission.
Consider These Facts
- 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.
Give us a call at (810) 207-3770 to learn more!
The Many Benefits to Providing the Right Care
Before your loved one is discharged, their medical care team will work with you, your loved one, and caregiver to create a list of options designed to bridge the gap between the professional care in the hospital to an environment of home care.
Few family caregivers understand what is involved in providing transitional care services. It takes up a lot of time, can sap your energy, and requires at least some time learning about providing this type of care. The good news is that when you have a Comfort Keepers caregiver at your side, they have the training and experience needed to make your loved one's transition home safe and with minimal stress. They will work with you to develop a care plan that involves the most important caregiver, you!
What Type of Services Can You Expect from a Comfort Keepers Caregiver?
When you have a Comfort Keepers caregiver in your home or that of your loved one, they can assist with:
- Transportation to appointments and taking care of numerous errands.
- Continuous monitoring of health and maintaining communication between the family, doctors, rehabilitation specialist, etc.
- Companionship and emotional support throughout their recovery journey
- Homemaking services (decluttering, light house cleaning, laundry, dishes, meal planning & cooking, etc.)
- Personal care services including bathing, grooming, mobility assistance, incontinence support, etc.)
How You Can Help Prevent Readmission
Doctors say that the first 30 to 180 days are when the risk of readmission is at its highest, despite the fact that the number of incidences if far lower today than years ago.
Issues You Should be Aware That Can Lead to Readmission
- Secondary Diagnoses – covering those patients who develop a medical condition or display severe symptoms not seen during their hospitalization.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lack of Education by Medical Team – covers those who did not receive the proper transitions home care education by the patient's medical care team before they come home.
How Can I Prevent Readmission?
Before your loved one is released from the hospital, you should retrieve their medical care records. They contain information that can help you plan for their transitional care services such as medical history and future medical needs that will be useful should you need to contact their medical care team.
Questions, Questions, Questions
You can never ask too many questions when it comes to planning care for a loved one. You need information covering their current medical condition, what types of assistance will be needed at home, any local support groups, transition home care providers, and how to get in touch with their medical care team and doctor.
You Loved One Will Have Post Release Needs
As part of your transition home services, you should create your own version of a "medical care chart" similar to those used in the hospital. Be sure you remain in constant contact with your loved one's medical care team. The chart you create should include the following:
- 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.
Preparing Your Home (or theirs) for Their Return Home
To ensure your loved one makes a swift and successful recovery, you need to make sure your home (or theirs) is ready for their return home. Among the steps you need to take 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 provider before they are discharged.
To learn more about the many transitional care services we offer, contact Comfort Keepers of Burton, MI at (810) 207-3770 and let us schedule a free care consultation with one of our senior care advisor.