By Malcolm Smith
Rehospitalization, patient admission to a hospital after discharge, is both common and costly. In the majority of situations, hospitalization is necessary and appropriate. However, nearly one in five elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days and many of these are avoidable.
According to the Wall Street Journal, 4.4 million hospital stays each year are from preventable readmissions. This comes at a cost of $30 billion a year to consumers. Typically, these avoidable hospital readmissions are caused by failure to adhere to discharge instructions, lack of physical support and insufficient post-hospitalization in-home care. This is where a local, licensed home care agency is invaluable.
Studies have shown that the information patients receive upon discharge from a hospital such as, medication instructions, doctor appointments and what to expect while you recover, can be confusing and may be forgotten within a short time. Failure to follow these instructions can cause serious issues that require readmission to the hospital. SILVERcare will assist with post-hospitalization by the following:
· Medication reminders and transportation to medical appointments
· Meal preparation and hydration assistance
· Help with bathing and dressing
· Providing a safe, comfortable environment in the home for quicker recovery
Caring for an elderly family member is challenging, physically and emotionally, and it might leave you feeling confused, upset or defeated. Realizing that you might need help in caring for your loved one is one of the first steps towards providing a better quality of life for them. Reaching out for assistance doesn’t mean you’re giving up. SILVERcare