Post Hospital Care in Greensboro, NC and Throughout Guilford County, NC and the Piedmont Triad areas
Comfort Keepers of Greensboro, NC is here to help you provide your loved one with the best post hospital care possible.
It all starts with the good news that the time has come for your loved one to come home after a long stay in the hospital. This is quickly followed by the realization that there is so much to do before they can come home.
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Providing Transitional Care Isn't Easy
Providing your loved one with effective post hospital care is not easy, in fact, it can be very challenging. To be successful, you will need the help and cooperation of your loved one, your family, your loved one's medical care team, and a professional caregiver.
Hospital readmission rates are staggering:
- One in five seniors will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
- 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.
Things You Can Do To Help
Of all the many things you can do to ensure your loved one gets the best transitional home care you first need to make sure you have a copy of their medical records from the hospital. Along with details of their care while in the hospital, these records contain vital information about their care once discharged from the hospital. You may need this information when contacting their doctor or medical care team.
Providing care for an elderly loved one can be physically and emotionally challenging. Between providing much-needed care and trying to learn more about this type of care there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Be sure to ask for help from other members of your family, your loved one's doctor, and, of course, their Comfort Keepers caregiver. Our caregivers have years of experience providing transitional care and specialized training.
Our Caregivers Offer More Than Knowledge
While our caregivers are certainly a wealth of knowledge, this is not all they have to offer. When they arrive at your home or that of your loved one, they come prepared to offer a wide range of homemaking and personal care services, including:
- Companionship and emotional support throughout their recovery journey
- Personal care services including bathing, grooming, mobility assistance, incontinence support, etc.)
- Homemaking services (decluttering, light house cleaning, laundry, dishes, meal planning & cooking, etc.)
- Continuous monitoring of health and maintaining communication between the family, doctors, rehabilitation specialist, etc.
- Transportation to appointments and taking care of numerous errands.
What Can Lead to the Need for Readmission?
There are many numbers of reasons why your loved one might end up being readmitted to the hospital. The first 180 days post-discharge are when your loved one is at the highest risk of relapse. Among the many reasons for readmission are:
- 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.
- 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.
- Lack of Education by Medical Team – covers those who did not receive the proper transitional home care education by the patient's medical care team before they come home.
- 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.
Ways in Which You Can Do Your Part to Prevent Readmission
In order to provide your loved one with effective support, you need to obtain copies of the medical records created during their hospital stay. These contain vital information about the treatments received while in the hospital and in many cases future care instructions and information. You may find having this information comes in handy if you need to talk to their medical care provider.
As your loved one's provider, you need to know what you are doing. The best way to learn more about this challenging task is to be ready to ask lots of questions. You may also want to know about local post hospital care providers, support groups, and how to stay in touch with their doctor.
You Must Keep Good Records
Much like while your loved one was in the hospital, it falls on you to keep accurate daily records of any problems they are experiencing, their medications, and anything you feel is important. Your Comfort Keepers caregiver can help you create at home medical records for you to enter this information on a daily basis. Keeping track of this information can become very important should you need to talk to their doctor and your loved one is not with you. These records should contain:
- Contact information, including caregivers and emergency contacts.
- A record of all medications, when they need to be taken and the correct dosage.
- 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.
Is Your Home or Theirs Ready?
Another major part of being able to provide effective post hospital care involves taking steps to ensure your home or theirs is healthy and safe enough for their return. You need to:
- Introduce your loved one to their provider before they are discharged.
- 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.
- 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.
For more information and help providing your loved one with the care they need, be sure to contact Comfort Keepers of Greensboro, NC at (336) 252-4429. Our senior care advisors can answer many of your questions and schedule a free care consultation with a senior care manager to discuss their needs and the services we have to offer.