It doesn’t matter who has been hospitalized. It could be you or it could be an aging parent. It might be a spouse. Maybe it’s an adult child, friend, or neighbor. When somebody is hospitalized, whether it was due to an accident, injuries, a medical emergency, or some other reason, there will likely be some length of time for recovery.
Recovery can take days, weeks, months, and possibly even years, depending on several factors, strength of the individual, and support. The moment a person is discharged from the hospital the clock begins ticking, though.
It starts counting potential readmission risks.
If a person has to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, that is technically considered a readmission by the federal government. The federal government has been placing more and more pressure on hospitals all across the country to reduce these readmission rates.
The ultimate goal is to save money for Medicare and Medicaid as well as insurance, but it isn’t dependent exclusively on the hospital itself. The patients need to take an active role in their recovery process.
Here are three fundamental keys that could help you or somebody you care about reduce the risk of being readmitted to the hospital within a few days, weeks, or months.
First, have support at home.
With experienced and qualified home care agencies waiting and available to help, there is really no excuse to not have proper support waiting for this senior. If the individual is defiant and doesn’t want outside help, that can certainly be a problem, but if they understand the risk factors and how quality of life could be directly impacted by a lack of support, they may be more open to the idea.
Second, have good communication with their primary doctor and nurses.
Once that senior is discharged, that doesn’t mean they are ‘out of the woods.’ There may be complications and other issues that arise.
By depending on a home care agency and perhaps some visiting nurses who will monitor vital stats and communicate that information to their doctor, it means they won’t simply have to wait for a follow-up appointment to ensure everything is on track.
Third, they should rely on physical therapy, if recommended.
If their doctor has recommended physical therapy, they should take part. It is going to be difficult. It might be painful at times. However, if they ignore this recommendation or suggestion, they do so at their own peril.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.