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A Fall at Home May Lead to a Hospital Readmission

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Walnutport PA

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesFalls at home are one of the most devastating accidents that occur to seniors. In fact, for seniors 65 and over, the mortality rate within a year following a broken hip as a result of a fall is just over 27 percent (Schnell, Friedman, et al). That’s a staggering statistic when you sit back and think about it. It means that just over one in four seniors who suffer a broken hip as the result of a slip and fall accident will not survive beyond another year.

For any senior who has been hospitalized recently, recovery may take several weeks or even months. During that recovery process, it’s absolutely essential the senior has the right support system in place.

They will probably be weaker than they were before the hospitalization. Whether it was due to a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, major surgery, or injuries sustained in an accident, the longer they spend in the hospital, the longer they spend bedridden, the more muscle they’re losing. That means it will become more difficult for them to take on basic tasks of everyday living.

If the senior does not have the right support system in place to help him or her get out of bed in the morning, for example, the risk of slipping and falling can increase. Seniors may be adamant against the idea of relying on home care providers, but it’s important to discuss all potential situations and scenarios.

For example, a senior who has been fiercely independent most of his life may be adamantly opposed to the idea of hiring a home care aide or even relying on family members or friends who live in the neighborhood. “I can take care of myself,” he may say in defense of himself.

That may have been the case before the hospitalization, now, especially if he was in the hospital for two or three weeks, things are going to be different. While he recovers, it’s absolutely essential that he has some type of support on hand to help him with some basic tasks, whether that includes assistance getting out of bed, help going up and down stairs, a person to drive him to doctor’s appointments or to the store, or even preparing meals.

If this individual slips and falls while trying to recover at home, it may very well lead him right back to the hospital. No one wants the risk of a hospital readmission hovering over them or a loved one, which is why home care support is so valuable during the recovery process.


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.