Transitional Health Services in Oreland, PA
Comfort Keepers of Oreland, PA is here to help provide the transitional health services your loved one will need when they come home from the hospital
We all know how happy everyone will be when their elderly loved one returns home from the hospital. But their return signals the start of giving them the transitional care they need.
It Takes Teamwork
In order to ensure your loved one gets the transitional health services they will need, you need to bring the rest of the family, their doctor, their caregiver together and form the perfect post-discharge plan. You don't have to go it alone.
Readmission Is Always a Possibility
- 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.
- 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.
Give us a call at (267) 293-7434 to learn more!
Be Ready to Work Hard
There is a lot of hard work that goes into providing transitional health services for an elderly loved one on top of which you have to spend time learning about the skills it takes to do a good job. Most family caregivers only find out how hard this type of work is until they are heavily involved in caring for a loved one. A Comfort Keepers caregiver can help by taking on some of the work and teaching you how best to provide transitional care.
Our Caregivers Work Hard Too
While you have a lot of hard work to do, our caregivers come prepared to dig in and help by providing you and your loved one with a wide range of services outside of the transitional health services they are helping you with. These services include:
- 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.
The Rates of Readmission Are High Among the Elderly
According to the latest statistics, the rate of readmission among elderly patients during the first 180 days continues to be high, although it has been slowly decreasing over the past few years.
Common causes of readmission include:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Keeping Detailed Records of Care Is Vital
There are many things you need to be doing while providing transitional health services for a loved. One of the more important of these is creating a log where you can keep accurate records of the care you give, any medications, and any significant changes in behavior or overall medical condition. You may need this information should you need to contact your loved one's medical care team. Your records should include:
- 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.
Making Your Home a Great Place to Recover
As your loved one prepares to come home, making sure your home is the perfect place for them to recover is an important part of your overall transitional health services. Things you need to do:
- Introduce your loved one to their transitional home care 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.
If you need help with or information regarding providing your loved one with transitional health services, contact Comfort Keepers of Oreland, PA at (267) 293-7434. Along with providing a caregiver to help we can schedule a free care consultation with a senior advisor who can answer your questions and help you create a working care plan.