Transitional Home Care in Port Huron, MI
Comfort Keepers of Port Huron, MI can help provide the transitional home care your loved one needs to enjoy a swift recovery
The day you learn that your elderly loved one is ready to come home from the hospital is a good reason to celebrate. It is also the first day of a long period of hard work.
You Need Your Family
While you might be tempted to be the only one to provide your loved one with the transitional home care they need, this is not your best choice. You need the help of your family, your loved one's medical care team, and a top-quality caregiver from Comfort Keepers.
Readmission Rates for Seniors in the U.S.
- 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 Can Be Challenging
Providing your elderly loved one with the transitional home care they need after a stay in the hospital can prove to be challenging. It takes a lot of education and hard work to help them successfully recover. More work than many family caregivers realizes until they are actively engaged in the process. The good news is that a Comfort Keepers caregiver can help lighten the load and make the job just a little bit easier.
How Our Caregivers Help
Comfort Keepers caregivers can do far more than just help with transitional home care for your loved one. They can 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
High Readmission Rates Are Common
During the first 180 days post-discharge seniors are at the highest risk of being readmitted to the hospital due to:
- 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.
Keeping Accurate Medical Records Is Important
While your loved one was in the hospital, the staff kept accurate records of things like vital signs, changes in condition, and what medications were given. As part of your transitional home care, it falls on you and your loved one's caregiver to maintain a detailed record of this same information. You may need it should the need arise for you to contact their doctor. The information you need to record should be:
- 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.
Making Your Home Ready for Your Loved One
If your loved one is coming to your home for transitional home care, you need to make sure it's ready for them. There are several things you need to take care to provide your loved one with a safe and healthy place to recuperate. Among these are:
- 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 need help establishing a transitional home care plan for your loved one or would like a skilled caregiver to help with their care, contact Comfort Keepers of Port Huron, MI at (810) 207-3453. During your free in-home consultation with one of our senior advisors, you can discuss your loved one's needs, create a working care plan, and secure the help of one our amazing caregivers to help you.