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How In-Home Care Reduces Hospital Readmission Rates

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People over the age of 65 are more likely than younger patients to be readmitted to the hospital, and readmission poses more serious risks for seniors.

Seniors often face serious health issues when they return to the hospital for readmission after an illness or injury. So, it’s important for seniors and their families to understand that hospital readmissions, in many cases, are often preventable and can be avoided with a well-thought-out post-hospital care plan.

In the United States, approximately one-fifth of all Medicare patients who are discharged from the hospital return within 30 days. Many reasons may cause seniors to be readmitted, but healthcare agencies are focused on finding ways to reduce these numbers by educating patients and their families on how to have a healthier full recovery at home. This means, for many seniors, having a professional caregiver who can assist them in overcoming some of the most common preventable reasons for rehospitalization. Consider the following when deciding whether in-home care can help you or your loved one.

Managing Medication is Critical

Considering that on average, seniors with chronic conditions fill fifty different prescriptions annually, it’s not hard to imagine getting confused when a new medication is added to their regimen after discharge. Some seniors may need assistance taking medications in the right dosage and at the scheduled time. Having a caregiver assist with medication management can help seniors keep a list of medications and dosages readily available for healthcare providers and give them reminders to take medications as prescribed. Managing medications is extremely important and one of the best ways a caregiver can help seniors during their recovery process.

Physician Follow-Up Visits

Two-thirds of patients readmitted to the hospital could have been avoided if they had followed up within two weeks with their physician as instructed. Reasons for not following up with their physician vary but can include forgetting appointments, transportation issues, and more. Hospital staff may help seniors by setting up appointments before discharge, but getting to the appointment can still present challenges. These reasons can all be avoided by having a caregiver provide transportation and keep track of any necessary post-care visits.

Follow Discharge Plans Properly

Following a discharge plan after leaving the hospital is a crucial part of the recovery process, but because of the challenges and stress after discharge, it may be difficult for seniors and their families to focus on the discharge plan. Caregivers can make sure seniors follow the instructions properly and can inform family members or providers if any problems or changes in condition arise during recovery. They can also help explain the information given and ensure any questions seniors or their families may have about the course of treatment are communicated with the appropriate person.

Comfort Keepers Can Help

Comfort Keepers of Somers Point offers high-quality post-hospital care. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call us at (609) 473-3805 today! One of our professional representatives will be happy to help you.