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Avoid Re-Hospitalization

No one likes to spend time in the hospital. Once the crisis is over, everyone is ready to go home. Unfortunately, readmission to the hospital due to complications is a major concern that can lead to seniors being taken right back to the place that they just made it out of. It is important to understand important factors about how to avoid re-hospitalization. Download Discharge 101 guide:

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Preparing for discharge

Preventing readmission to the hospital is important, and it starts with preparing for discharge.

Here’s an easy to follow checklist that will help you to prepare:

  • Arrange for transportation to leave the hospital.
  • Get an updated list of medications including over the counter (OTC) meds and vitamins.
  • Arrange for medication pick-up from the pharmacy.
  • Schedule follow-up doctor appointment(s).
  • Order proper medical equipment for home such as wheelchair, walker, shower chair, commode, and raised toilet seat.
  • Check home safety measures such as grab bars, proper lighting, and sturdy railings.

In-home care is another important piece of the puzzle when it comes to preventing re-hospitalization. Professional caregivers can help to ensure that your loved one stays healthy by assisting in recovery in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Meal preparation
  • Toileting
  • Light housekeeping
  • Mobility
  • Medication reminders
  • Understand any needed changes in diet.
  • Have grocery and food items at home.
  • Make sure personal care products are available at home such as incontinence supplies, mattress pads, and disposable gloves.
  • Take your loved one to follow up doctor’s visits
  • Assist in proper use of wheelchairs, toileting chairs, shower chairs and other non-medical equipment
  • Provide emotional support and companionship

Hygiene and adhering to medication instructions are critical to ensuring that your loved one avoids hospital readmission. That’s where professional caregivers come into the picture – we can assist your loved one and ensure that they are following the instructions of their doctor and help them to work within any limitations that might be present following a hospitalization.

One thing that cannot be discounted when it comes to preventing hospital readmission is the social connection and emotional support that is provided by in-home caregivers. Going to the hospital can be emotionally draining, and often when patients come home, it’s with mobility limitations that prevent them from getting around to social interactions as well as they could before.

In-home caregivers provide crucial companionship support for individuals who have just come out of the hospital. They also provide peace of mind to family caregivers who have become overwhelmed with the new tasks that are necessary following a hospitalization.

Getting the transition from hospital to home right makes all the difference in the final outcome following a hospital stay. Whatever the reason for the hospitalization – be it cancer, heart attack, infection, a fall, etc., we at NuevaCare can help your family to provide the best possible outcome for your loved one.

To learn more about NuevaCare, simply give us a call at 650-396-3596 or start a conversation using the chat box to the right. A highly trained professional from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your specific needs and to set up an free in home assessment.

Palo Alto Factoid

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce presents numerous informative educational programs for Palo Alto business, hosts or co-hosts with other Chambers a Business XPO and provides a series of Member Mixers for its members. The programs and the Business XPO provide a venue for members to learn about business critical issues and to create new business connections that lead to increased revenue for participants. Source: http://www.paloaltochamber.com/program-events

Updated: 5/23/2017

 

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Avoid Re-Hospitalization
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