If you’ve ever heard the term, ‘hospital readmission,’ you may or may not fully understand what this refers to. The federal government has been placing increased pressure on hospitals across the country to reduce their readmission rates. A readmission is technically any time somebody needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge date.
Most people are, generally speaking, at risk of a readmission, but those who have serious health issues, seniors, and some others considered ‘at risk’ are the most susceptible to readmission.
For those elderly men and women who have been hospitalized recently, the last thing any of them really want to do is return to the hospital and spend another night, week, or longer, there.
While the federal government is focused on reducing readmission rates to help save money, seniors and others who have been hospitalized simply don’t want to return because it means their health is not where it could or should be.
How can somebody reduce the risk of readmission?
First and foremost, they need to pay to attention to their primary doctor upon discharge. The doctor will usually come in and sit down with the patient before discharge to explain everything, their overall health, and some of the things they should consider doing to improve their chances of recovery. This might include exercise, changing their diet, taking certain prescription medications, and more.
The doctor will also likely discuss follow-up appointments and other care options.
If somebody truly wants to maximize their chances of recovering and avoiding another trip back to the hospital, they should consider getting the right type of support.
A home care aide is best.
While family and friends may certainly be there for their loved ones, enthusiastically, even, nothing is more beneficial than hiring a home care aide. A home care aide who has a great deal of experience supporting other elderly clients through the years will offer insight, advice, have great conversations, and be a strong, consistent force in the senior’s life as he or she works through recovery.
While it’s easy to get sidetracked and try to avoid certain things that are difficult, including physical therapy or basic exercise, having a highly trained and experienced individual supporting them can be just what they need to do what’s right, keep pushing through recovery, and inch closer to getting back to the life they used to enjoy.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE TO REDUCE HOSPITAL READMISSION RATES IN NORTHAMPTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.
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