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Understanding Readmissions and How to Avoid Them

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Northampton PA: What is a Readmission?

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Northampton PA: What is a Readmission?

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.


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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.

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