Reduce hospital readmission with homecare. Most hospital readmissions occur within the first 30 days following discharge. Providing your loved one with homecare during this critical time in their recovery can improve patient outcomes and reduce the possibility of another hospital stay.
Here are some important factors that will help you determine if your loved one will need homecare during their recovery:
Is the patient at risk for readmission?
If your loved one has one of the following risk factors you want to consider homecare for at least the first 30 days post-hospital discharge.
• Older age
• African American race
• Your loved one being treated for one or more additional conditions with a primary condition such as certain cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung disease, renal failure, cancer, pneumonia, and diabetes.
• The patient is living alone or will be alone for the majority of the day.
• Mobility and/or memory are compromised.
How can homecare help?
Providing homecare after a hospital stay can help a patient feel safer and more comfortable than a long-term rehabilitation facility in many cases.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), one in six hospital re-admissions of older adults is the result of confusion over medications. Many of these events are the result of dosing and can be preventable. Patients may not be used to the new medications that were prescribed. Having a home health aide monitoring them ensures that any issues are addressed quickly.
Community Care of the Northeast can help patients make appointments and organize the transportation they need.
Communicating care instructions
Home care providers can teach loved ones to recognize when symptoms become worse and what to do prevent readmissions. Patients who have a professional to regularly communicate with significantly help avoid the cost of preventable readmissions.
Reduce hospital readmission with homecare
Most patients want to go home. Many people recuperate better and quicker in their own homes. Home health gives your loved ones the opportunity to have the option to go home while still getting the care that they need.
Contact us at Community Care of the Northeast to find out how we can provide the care your loved one requires and deserves.