Post hospitalization care
No one likes to spend time in the hospital. Once the crisis is over, everyone is ready to go home. Unfortunately, readmission to the hospital due to complications is a major concern that can lead to seniors being taken right back to the place that they just made it out of. It is important to understand important factors about how to avoid re-hospitalization.
Preparing for discharge
Preventing readmission to the hospital is important, and it starts with preparing for discharge.
Here’s what’s via home care will assist you with:
- Provide or arrange for transportation to leave the hospital.
- Get an updated list of medications including over the counter (OTC) meds and vitamins.
- Arrange for medication pick-up from the pharmacy.
- Schedule follow-up doctor appointment(s).
- Order proper medical equipment for home such as wheelchair, walker, shower chair, commode, and raised toilet seat.
- Check home safety measures such as grab bars, proper lighting, and sturdy railings.
In-home care is another important piece of the puzzle when it comes to preventing re-hospitalization. Professional caregivers can help to ensure that your loved one stays healthy by assisting in recovery in a wide variety of ways, including:
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Medication reminders
- Understand any needed changes in diet.
- Have grocery and food items at home.
- Make sure personal care products are available at home such as incontinence supplies, mattress pads, and disposable gloves.
- Take your loved one to follow up doctor’s visits