Is your elderly parent or family member having frequent re-admissions to the hospital? Are the stays becoming longer each time? As our family members increase in age, and have more health concerns, these occurrence’s happen more and more. Sometimes it’s an issue with the proper dose and time of the medications. Perhaps their becoming frail and falling, or not having proper nutrition. Occasionally seniors will not bother preparing a meal and will snack on what they have available. Frequently seniors feel they will inconvenience their families with some of these issues. Below, we have listed 5 ways home care can help avoid hospital stays. With a little forethought and planning our Senior family members can remain in their home as long as they choose.
Often a Home Care Aide can be an extra set of “‘eyes” for the family, to let them know when there is an issue that can be addressed by a simple visit to their family doctor. They can become a companion to sit and visit while they have lunch or dinner. After all, most people don’t like to eat alone. Our seniors are no different. Some conversation makes eating a more pleasurable experience, and they can monitor their dietary intake.
5 Ways Home Care Helps to Avoid Hospital Stays
1. Monitoring of care and health status. Being able to identify issues and allow early intervention in a patients home is one key way to avoid readmissions.
2. An effective way of improving a patients’ care transition is being able to have a home health aide or access to home care services upon hospital discharge.
3. Improved medication management can help avoid staying in the hospital. Loving Hearts Home Care can oversee discharged patients by providing them medication reminders, help fill and pick up medications.
4. Follow up can reduce preventable re-admissions. Our aides can encourage patients by providing reminders of scheduled appointments and providing transportation to them.
5. Use “teach back” techniques. Many times after a patient is discharged from the hospital he or she may have an altered state of mind. In using this technique the staff and the client would repeat back discharge instructions. The goal is to have the client state in his or her own words instructions etc. that he or she is to follow.