Your Custom Transitional Care Program in King of Prussia, PA
When your loved one comes home from the hospital in King of Prussia, PA, Comfort Keepers can help you to create a working transitional care program
When your elderly loved one finally comes home from the hospital, it's the perfect time to celebrate their return. However, it's also time for you to develop a transition care program for them.
Get Everyone Involved
If you want your transition care program to be successful, you need for everyone to be heavily involved in their recuperation. This includes you, your loved one, the rest of the family, a caregiver, and their doctor. Everyone can and should be on the same page if you want your loved one to receive the best possible transitional care.
You Oughta Know:
- 25% of seniors who are discharged to nursing homes have a higher risk of readmission within 30 days.
- 75% of these readmissions can be prevented.
- 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.
Creating a Transitional Care Program for Your Loved One
There are many steps involved in creating a transitional care program for an elderly family member who has spent time in the hospital. But most of all, you need to know that caring for your loved one is going to be a lot of hard work and take plenty of your precious time. Most family caregivers are not prepared for this and struggle to handle the workload.
This is where an experienced Comfort Keepers caregiver comes in. They have been trained in providing transitional care for seniors and can use this knowledge to help create a transitional care program that takes into consideration everything needed to ensure a swift recovery. Our caregivers are always ready to share their knowledge readily with you.
What Does a Comfort Keepers Caregiver Do?
Along with working together with you to support your loved one's transitional care program, our caregivers offer a range of homemaking and personal 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 specialist, etc.
Keep In Mind the Risk of Readmission Is High
Current medical statistics show that during the first 30 to 180 days after returning home, the percentage of seniors being readmitted is high. While lower than, say ten years ago, the risk is still considered too high.
Common Causes of Readmission
While the transitional care program you and our caregiver have created plays a vital role in reducing your loved one's risk of readmission, there are still many risks. These include:
- 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.
- Secondary Diagnoses – covering those patients who develop a medical condition or display severe symptoms not seen during their hospitalization.
- 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.
- 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.
Take the First Step
The first step you should take in creating your loved one's transitional care program is to obtain copies of their medical records from the hospital. These records contain important information regarding the care they were given and may contain post-discharge instructions you need to know about along with a list of any required medications.
Ask as Many Questions as It Takes
Far too many family caregivers are either afraid to ask questions or simply don't think to. If you want to create a successful transitional care program for your loved one, you must be prepared to ask lots of questions. Talk to their medical care team, transitional caregivers, and local support groups. Do whatever it takes to get the information you need.
Home Medical Records
While your loved one was in the hospital careful records were kept regarding the care and medications they received. Once they come home, you should work with our caregiver to duplicate this process by creating records of your own. Be as detailed as possible because you may need this information if you have to contact their doctor or medical care team. Your records should have space for:
- 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.
Create a Safe Place for Your Loved One to Recover
Before you bring your loved one home, you need to make sure your home (or theirs) is safe and healthy for them to recover in. As part of your transitional care program, you should:
- 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 creating a transitional care program for your loved one or to arrange for a trained caregiver, contact Comfort Keepers of King Of Prussia, PA at (484) 306-3083. We will happily schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our senior care advisors to discuss your loved one's needs.