Recover With A Transitional Care Specialist in Durham, NC
We can help bridge the gap between hospital and home
While having your elderly loved one coming home after being in the hospital is cause for a celebration, it also means you have plenty of work to do before they arrive.
First Things First
No matter how much you want to be the one to fill the role of transitional care specialist for your loved one, in order to do so, you will need plenty of help. The help you need can come from family members, their medical care team, and a senior caregiver from Comfort Keepers. Between everyone in this group, you should be able to create a working care plan for your loved one.
Important Statistics About Readmission
- 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.
- One in five seniors will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
- 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.
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Your Loved One Will Benefit
As your loved one's transitional care specialist, it is up to you to make contact with their medical care team on the day before they are to be discharged. The team should be able to provide you with a rundown on what your responsibilities are and any resources to support you as you support your loved one. Your main role is to help make the transition from the hospital to home as seamless as possible.
It's not unusual for a family member to take on this role for an elderly loved one. However, few realize the toll doing so can take in terms of time, energy, and the need for education. At Comfort Keepers, the caregiver we can provide you with is already an expert in providing this type of care. Along with providing your loved one with a variety of care services, they will also help teach you more about the role you have chosen to fill.
Our Caregivers Offer Many Care Services
Our team is prepared to offer a wide variety of care services, including:
- Homemaking services (decluttering, light house cleaning, laundry, dishes, meal planning & cooking, etc.)
- Personal care services including bathing, grooming, mobility assistance, incontinence support, etc.)
- Companionship and emotional support throughout their recovery journey
- Transportation to appointments and taking care of numerous errands.
- Continuous monitoring of health and maintaining communication between the family, doctors, rehabilitation specialists, etc.
Helping to Reduce the Risks of Readmission
According to medical experts, the majority of readmissions for seniors occur within the first 180 days after being released from the hospital. Although this percentage is much lower than in years past, it is still higher than it should be.
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.
- 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 transition home care education by the patient's medical care team before they come home.
- Secondary Diagnoses – covering those patients who develop a medical condition or display severe symptoms not seen during their hospitalization.
Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Readmission
As your loved one's personal transitional care specialist, it is up to you to obtain copies of their medical care charts from the hospital on the day before they are due to be discharged. Not only do these records cover the treatments completed in the hospital, but they also contain information vital to their transitional care. You may find this information to be very useful in the event you need to contact their doctor.
You've Got Questions and You Need Answers
When taking on this role for your loved one, you probably have "a million questions." Well, maybe not that many, but you should never be afraid to ask questions, it's the only way you are likely to get the answers you need. You may also seek information regarding contacting their medical care team, nearby support groups, and local transitional care services.
One Thing You Must Do
One thing you must do while caring for your loved one is to create your own version of the medical records chart used in the hospital. This is a task our caregivers can help you with. Your "medical records" chart should include space to write down notes and:
- A list of appointments, what was discussed and what, if anything was done.
- 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.
- Contact information including, caregivers and emergency contacts.
Making Sure Your Home or Theirs is Ready
Before your loved one arrives on the doorstep, there are several important safety issues you need to address. Among these are:
- Be sure furniture is arranged to make room for any mobility equipment.
- Install any needed safety equipment.
- 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.
- Place items that are used daily within easy reach.
- Be sure the house is clean and disinfected eliminating allergens and bacteria.
To learn more about becoming your loved one's transitional care specialist or to arrange for us to provide your loved one with an experienced caregiver, contact Comfort Keepers serving Durham, NC and make arrangements for a free consultation with one of our senior care managers.