When you first got the call your father was in the hospital, it may have been an unsettling few hours. You got there as fast as you could and were met with some relief to find out he was going to recover. He probably spent a few days there going through a battery of tests to ensure everything was as doctors expected. When he got his discharge date, it was probably a relief for everyone.
But how do you know he won’t need to be readmitted?
A hospital readmission is whenever a patient needs to be readmitted within 30 days of their discharge. While this may not mean a whole lot to most people, the majority of readmissions are avoidable. There may certainly be complications the doctor didn’t anticipate, but for the most part if a patient is following his or her doctor’s advice and instructions, taking the prescription medications as directed, working with a physical therapist, if recommended, and so forth, they should maximize their chances of recovery.
It’s also important to avoid potential mishaps.
When an aging senior has spent any time in the hospital, he or she will likely have lost some strength. That means their balance will be compromised and it can be a bit more complicated to perform some basic tasks of everyday life.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) can shift from being simple to complicated in the blink of an eye. That’s why assistance at home is so important for these individuals who are being discharged from the hospital.
If your elderly father is set for discharge from the hospital, find out what he will need to do in order to recover or maximize the chances of recovery. Also determine his physical capabilities.
It’s easy for some people to overestimate what they can do, especially following a major medical emergency that landed them in the hospital. Encourage him to be prudent and honest in his own assessment. If he has difficulty getting out of bed and going to the bathroom, for example, he will likely need help at home.
Maybe your mother or somebody else is living there and can support him. But, what if that other person is also in their 70s or 80s?
If you live close enough to provide assistance, is that practical? Do you have a career, full-time job, and other responsibilities that could make it difficult for you to stop over and help him when he needs it? If so, the best support is a home care aide from an agency.
That can help increase the chances of recovery and reduce the risk of landing back in the hospital within only a matter of days or weeks.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Vaughan, Canada, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.
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