Nobody wants to spend long periods of time in a hospital. Yet 15% of all seniors on Medicare who were admitted to the hospital ended up going back within 30 days. Let's go over a few things to keep your loved ones from being readmitted to the hospital.
Arrival at the Hospital
When your loved one is admitted into the hospital initially, it is important to consider a few questions to make sure they receive proper care and treatment.
Is the senior's personal physician aware that the senior has been admitted?
Does each doctor (hospital, personal, etc.) know about all medications and nutritional supplements, (including any alternative medicine) the senior may be taking? Or will someone have to compile a list by going through medications at the senior's residence to compile the list?
These questions can help you and the doctors be more prepared to provide care to the senior and, hopefully, avoid mistakes or complications.
Discharge from Hospital
Right before the senior is discharged from the hospital, there are other items you should consider.
Does the senior understand all aftercare instructions properly? Did the caregiver also receive the same instructions? Is there a phone number to call when questions come up?
Did the senior understand all the medications they should be taking?
This question is especially important because a drug can be known by multiple names (trade, generic, categorical, nickname, etc.), and you don't want your loved one to receive double doses on accident. It's a good idea to take notes on when and how to take each drug.
Did the patient's personal physician know that they are being discharged?
Was follow-up appointment scheduled? Are there tests scheduled for the the follow-up visit?
By understanding what care your loved one will need at home before they even leave the hospital is a great way to help avoid questions and confusion later. Hopefully, knowing exactly what your loved one needs will help them recover quickly and avoid readmission.
Once you and your loved one are home, that doesn't mean that you are in the clear. It is important to make sure that seniors receive the proper care during their recovery. If you are unable to assist your loved one due to health, time restraints, or other reasons, it may be best to bring in a caregiver to ensure a healthy recover. Caregivers are a great option for individuals who need extra attention or constant reminders, and they can help keep your senior on the road to recovery instead of being readmitted to the hospital.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more.