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A Simple Slip and Fall Could Land Dad Right Back in the Hospital

Regret. It’s the kind of thing people don’t want to experience. Yet, it happens all the time. We regret things we didn’t do. We regret things we did do. However, some regret is often a far greater challenge to scrape off than others. One type of regret some people may experience is when an aging parent, such as your elderly father, has to land right back in the hospital shortly after discharge.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Mobile AL: Preventing Falls

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Mobile AL: Preventing Falls

There could be a number of reasons for this readmission.

If a person is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their discharge, that technically counts as a “readmission.” While this may not impact individuals as much as it does the hospital (due to fines the federal government is imposing on them as a result of a failure to reduce these readmissions), when an elderly loved one is back in the hospital too quickly, there could be a number of questions raised as a result.

Did I do enough to help? Did I make a mistake? Is there anything I could’ve done better that could have prevented this readmission?

These questions will abound, and while there may be some things people realize they could have done differently or better to help their aging parent recover at home, sometimes it’s as simple as a slip and fall accident.

Remember, strength diminishes with age.

Not only will people lose muscle mass as they get older, even if they are exercising regularly, when they’re in the hospital for any length of time it’s going to have a direct and immediate impact on their physical capability. That means when they are discharged and sent home, they may not be as physically capable of doing the exact same things as they could without a second thought a week earlier.

Simply getting out of bed could be a more complicated task. If that’s the case, the risk of slipping and falling at any time can increase.

That’s why it’s a good idea to hire home care support.

When an aging senior -whether it’s your elderly father, mother, grandparent, or somebody else you care about- is being discharged from the hospital, encourage him or her to hire home care support services. A home care aide hired through an agency can support that individual for just a couple of hours at a time to start.

This could help them get up, get dressed, and get ready for the day far more safely than if they tried to do this on their own.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Mobile, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.