Transition Care: Tips to Avoid Hospital Readmission

August 19th, 2014

It’s no secret that as we get older, hospital admissions become more likely. Additionally, studies have shown that as we get older, our chances of hospital readmission also increases. In fact, one study performed in 2010 showed that almost 1-in-8 senior surgery outpatients are readmitted to the hospital. And while some readmissions are certainly unavoidable, an ecaring.com study showed that almost 75% of these readmission cases could have been avoided with proper transitional care and better communication with physicians and family. Which is why it’s essential for seniors leaving the hospital to start their transition care and planning as soon as possible.

Below are some tips for helping to avoid hospital readmission:

1.) Communication

Communicating early and often with surgeons, physicians, and family doctors is key to avoiding hospital readmission, and it’s important to start the discussion before your friend or loved one leaves the hospital. Make sure, before you leave, that the discharge plans are clear and concise, and do not hesitate if you have any questions as to the planning. If possible, as well, ask for the discharge plan in writing. This will give you something to come back to if you have any questions.

Some questions to consider when talking to the doctor at the hospital:

1. Will your friend or loved one need any additional medication? If so, will that interfere with any of the medications they are currently taking?

2.) What additional help will they need around the home?

3.) What are some common issues with this type of surgery/treatment, and how, if possible, can they be avoided?

2.) Schedule an appointment with your family physician

More than likely, a follow-up appointment will be needed with your family physician to make sure everything is going well. Talk to the doctors at the hospital and ask them when a follow-up will be needed, and do not hesitate in scheduling the appointment. Having a doctor examine your friend or loved one can help prevent small issues from becoming bigger ones.

3.) Get others involved

Finally, it is a very real possibility that your friend or loved one will require some extra assistance around the home. If so, find out what they may need help with and ask friends or family members with what they can help with and when they can.

If you find they may need more help than you can provide, or if you feel uncertain about the transition from hospital to home, keep in mind that there are a number of companies out there, like us here at Alliance Home Health Care, that have certified Home Health Care Coordinators that are trained in planning, managing, and assisting these transitions.

As always, if you would like to learn more, feel free to visit us at alliancehomehealthcare.net, or call us at 317-581-1100.

This blog, as are all our blogs, are for informational purposes only and should not be intended to replace the advice of a doctor.

 

 

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A Purpose Driven Caring Style

August 15th, 2014

As a family caregiver or home health care worker you perform your duties out of care, respect, and love for the individual you are assisting. In the process, a sense of purpose is instilled, and purpose in what we do plays a key role in our health and happiness. In fact, studies have shown that having a sense of purpose can add years to your life.

And finding a purpose in life works both ways too; for you, and those you help. As a family caregiver, or home health aide, helping to find, nurture, and promote those you are helping’s purpose in life can help them live happier, healthier lives as well.

Take for example, our Nostalgia Program. In our Nostalgia Program, we aim to help those with dementia-related illnesses find happy memories and re-instill a sense of purpose in their life by focusing on their past passions, jobs, and loves. Our goal is that by providing a sense of purpose in an individual, they can find greater happiness and a renewed self-esteem, and in turn can stay in the peace and comfort of their own homes for longer.

Which is why as a family caregiver or home health care worker, taking the extra time to find out about what those you help care about, and what excites them, whether it be music, news, or past hobbies, is worth the extra work in our eyes.

We at Alliance Home Health Care believe passionately in person-centered care and taking the time to find out what those we care for care about. We know that every one is unique, and discovering their passions may take time, but in the end, we understand that finding that passion and purpose and nurturing it can help those we care for live better lives.

And, in the end, happiness and health is what it’s all about.

 

 

 

 

 

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