Transitional Health Services For Seniors in Clinton Township, MI
There is nothing quite like the excitement of having a loved one coming home from an extended stay in the hospital. However, their return does bring with it a need to prepare for their arrival.
Give us a call at (586) 200-6712 to learn more!
What Do You Need to Do?
Providing transitional health services for a loved one is not a one-person job. It will take you, your loved one, your loved one's doctor, and a Comfort Keepers senior caregiver. Creating a care plan is the best way to make sure nothing is missed that could result in their readmission back into the hospital.
The Numbers Don't Look Good
- One in five seniors will be readmitted to the hospital 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.
- 25% of seniors who are discharged to nursing homes have a higher risk of readmission within 30 days.
Transitional Services Offer Several Benefits
Before the day comes for your loved one to be discharged from the hospital, their doctor and care team will provide you with a list of the transitional health services they will need at home. The idea is to make the transition from the around the clock care in the hospital to a home care environment as free from stress as possible.
The reality is that most families go into providing support blindly. Providing the level of care needed will take up a lot of time and energy. Plus, you should take some time to learn more about providing this kind of care. When you have a Comfort Keepers caregiver on hand, you have the benefit of having someone who is fully trained and experienced in providing care for seniors. Our caregivers are always willing to share their knowledge with you and help develop a care plan that works for your loved one.
Our Caregivers Offer a Wide Range of Services
You can count on a Comfort Keepers caregiver to provide your loved one with a wide array of services, including:
- 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 recovery journey
Readmission Prevention Help
While the number of seniors being readmitted to the hospital has been steadily decreasing, the first 30 to 180 days pose the highest risk of readmission, especially without the right transitional health services.
There are many things that can result in readmission, including:
- Severity and Type of Medical Condition – covering those who are in the late stages of a medical condition or suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease or Alzheimer's.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Is There Anything You Can to Lower Their Risk of Readmission?
On the day before your loved is set to be discharged, you need to collect a copy of their medical care records. These contain important information on the treatments they have received and an insight into the types of services they are likely to need. This information can be crucial should you need to contact your loved one's doctor.
Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions
A large part of knowing how to provide the right transitional health services lies in asking their medical care team the right questions. The only way you will know the answer to your questions, is to take the time to ask them. You may also want to locate a local support group, a quality transitional care provider, and information regarding how to contact their doctor and medical care team.
Your Loved One Is Going to Have Post-Release Needs
To provide your loved one with the best possible support, you should create a "Home Health Care" chart of your own. Your caregiver can help with this. You will also need to remain in communication with their doctor and medical care team. Your home health care chart needs to incorporate the following:
- 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.
- Contact information, including caregivers and emergency contacts.
- A record of all medications, when they need to be taken and the correct dosage.
- A section where you can keep notes.
Making Sure Your Home Is Ready for Their Return
A major part of successful transitional health services is making sure the home your loved one will be staying at is ready for their return. You should plan to take care of the following before their arrival:
- Place items that are used daily within easy reach.
- Be sure furniture is arranged to make room for any mobility equipment.
- Install any needed safety equipment.
- Be sure the house is clean and disinfected eliminating allergens and bacteria.
- Introduce your loved one to their transitional home care provider before they are discharged.
- Create a care plan schedule that lets your loved one know who will be with them and when.
If you have an elderly loved one returning home following an extended stay in the hospital, Comfort Keepers of Clinton Township, MI can help with a number of services. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation with a senior care advisor, contact us at (586) 200-6712 today!