If you’re a senior who has recently been hospitalized, or you have a senior family member who has been in the hospital, there are some things you can do to avoid hospitalization.

 

Did you know that, according to data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, “nearly one in five seniors discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within the first 30 days due to preventable factors like premature discharge or being discharged to an inappropriate setting?”

 

This startling fact is reported by the folks at cargiverstress.com and it’s a fact that we don’t like. An article published by caregiversstress.com, presented “4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home From the Hospital,” the article states that “Rehospitalization can be costly for facilities, and it can be hard on seniors who may become demoralized due to repeated hospitalizations.” This is why we, at Sevens Home Care, work with our senior clients to make sure they have the best resources at their disposal to avoid repeated rehospitalization.

 

Why Rehospitalization?

 

Caregiverstress.com states that seniors who have been hospitalized face unique challenges. Upon discharge, they are often inundated with paperwork that they don’t understand, which sometimes puts them in a state of stress.[1]The article offers that since seniors are more prone to functional decline and medication toxicity than younger hospital patients, they can feel overwhelmed with the care that’s needed upon discharge like follow-up visits and arranging for prescriptions.[2]

 

How Does Sevens Home Care Help Seniors Avoid Rehospitalization?

 

As home care professionals with many senior clients, the Sevens Home Care team is experienced in helping elderly people deal with the tasks they must take care of after being released from the hospital. When we have a senior client come to us for help, or a family member of a senior, we’re able to access the situation to determine how we may best aid the individual so that he or she can potentially avoid falling further into a state of decline.

 

Sevens Home Care provides in-home care for seniors to make it easier for them to get reaclimated to life at home after hospitalization. We provide all of the support a senior needs to follow doctors’ orders, schedule future medical appointments, and take care of needs unique to him or her.

 

Solutions for Seniors

 

According to Caregiverstress.com, there are certain things an in-home care provider can do to offer seniors care that’s appropriate for their situation and to help them avoid frequent rehospitalization.

 

First, the in-home care provider should find out if the senior lives alone. When a senior goes home from the hospital, there’s often a high level of care needed for recovery. If a senior lives alone, he or she will not have anyone immediately available to help with emergencies or even functions we take for granted like using the bathroom. An in-home care provider who works with seniors can offer extended, or around-the-clock, care for someone who has no one else to turn to when difficult needs arise.[3]

 

Additionally, an in-home care provider can help a senior who’s recently been discharged from the hospital navigate the slew of prescriptions and pharmacies that may become a regular part of a daily routine. “Seniors who take multiple medications may be at risk for polypharmacy issues, including poor adherence to their medications regimen or adverse drug interactions.”[4]

 

As an additional service, in-home care providers can make sure that a senior gets adequate nutrition once released from the hospital by helping with weekly meal preparation and shopping visits. It’s no secret that hospital food is lacking in several ways, which means that a recently discharged senior may be in dire need of adequate nourishment. In-home care professionals can be a lifeline for seniors who don’t know how to shop for healthy food or don’t have transportation to get to a grocery store.[5]

 

In addition to these ways of offering assistance, in-home care providers can drive seniors to appointments or to meetings with friends and family. They can help with paperwork and take care of necessary tasks like making sure bills are paid.

 

Sevens Home Care is an experienced in-home care provider that can assist with many aspects of recovery, and daily living, so that a senior can potentially avoid frequent rehospitalization. To find out more about the services we offer, please feel free to give us a call today at 303-470-1921.

 

 

[1] “4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital.” Caregiver Stress 4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital Comments. Caregiverstress.com, 06 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

 

[2] “4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital.” Caregiver Stress 4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital Comments. Caregiverstress.com, 06 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

 

[3] “4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital.” Caregiver Stress 4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital Comments. Caregiverstress.com, 06 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

 

[4] “4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital.” Caregiver Stress 4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital Comments. Caregiverstress.com, 06 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.

 

[5] “4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital.” Caregiver Stress 4 Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital Comments. Caregiverstress.com, 06 Jan. 2016. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.