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How Much Do You Really Know About Hospital Readmissions and What Seniors Can Do to Reduce Them?

It’s so easy to make assumptions about a wide range of things, especially in today’s society. When it comes to hospital readmission rates, though, most people will readily admit they had never heard of this term before, but then, based on the words alone, some of those various assumptions people tend to make could actually be problematic for an elderly or disabled adult who is trying to recover from a recent hospitalization.

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

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

Defining hospital readmission.

The first step here is to define what a hospital readmission is. Any time somebody is discharged from the hospital, but has to be readmitted within 30 days, it becomes a technical readmission. The federal government is trying to reduce these rates, and displacing a tremendous amount of pressure on hospitals to do so, even going so far as to fine these hospitals for a failure to reduce these rates.

When a senior has been hospitalized, they will need support at home.

If they or their family and friends simply don’t pay much attention to the potential for a readmission, they may not be inclined to rely on optimal support. In other words, if they don’t think that a return trip to the hospital within a month is really a serious concern, either because they were hospitalized following planned but major surgery or something else, they may not be inclined to encourage adequate support.

There are numerous risks for an elderly person following a hospitalization.

The longer a person stays in the hospital, the more it can affect their strength. If they have diminished strength already due to the natural process of aging, a week-long stay could actually make it more difficult for them to get out of bed, walk up and down stairs, or simply get down the hall.

Without proper physical support on hand for that individual, the risk of slipping and falling can increase. As people get older and their muscles weaken and their bones become more brittle, the risk of serious injuries, even from a simple fall, is very real.

Not getting adequate exercise, not eating properly, not taking the right medications at the right time, and so much more can all increase the risk of a hospital readmission for people of any age, but even more so for seniors.

If a person doesn’t know much about the risk of hospital readmission, recovery, what can be done to improve the outlook for that individual, they are less likely to even consider home care support options.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Lancaster, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.

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Mary Lynne Heller

After Mary Lynne Heller received her nursing degree from Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing, she went on to graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Millersville University. Her quest for learning further expanded her skill set as she gained extensive managerial and nursing skills within medical, surgical and oncology hospital-based units, a trauma center, and an infusion company before coming to Star Multi Care family in 2001. Mary Lynne’s cumulative 40 years of nursing experience has been heightened by her successes in the role of Administrator in the Lancaster branch of Extended Family Care. She has not only set branch records in revenue growth but has also exceeded company-wide performance and quality measures.

A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller.

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