Hospital re-admissions is a serious risk for elderly adults. Nearly 25 percent of those who visit the hospital due to heart failure return within 30 days. Nearly 20 percent of those with acute myocardial infarction return within 30 days, as do more than 18 percent of those with pneumonia. Elderly adults are at higher risk of readmission, with those over 80 at the highest risk. It is important to realize that returning to the hospital is not just inconvenient. It can also be dangerous, increasing the risk of infections, illness, and other complications. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help your parent reduce this risk.
Use these tips to reduce the risk of hospital re-admissions:
-Ensure that you understand your parent's diagnosis before leaving the hospital so that you and give them the care that they need once they return home
-Ensure that you both understand your parent's prescriptions and they are supposed to take them, including if they should not combine them with other medications
-Prepare for their return home even before discharge if possible. This can including hiring home care to ensure that your parent has support and assistance from the time they return home
-Check in with your parent regularly during the days and weeks after discharge to ensure that they are recovering well and handling their health challenges properly. This will also help them to feel acknowledged, which is important for keeping them out of the hospital
-Set up any follow-up appointments that they might need before leaving the hospital. This way both of you will know that they will get the continued care that they need even after returning home
How can home care help?
If your aging parent has been struggling with challenges and limitations, their needs have increased and you are not able to handle them effectively, or your schedule has gotten busier and you are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them.
An in-home senior care services provider can act as a support and supplement to the care that you give your parent to ensure that they have continued access to everything that they need to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable while also encouraging as much independence, engagement, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place. This means that you can have peace of mind knowing that they are in the best hands when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Pelham, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...