Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in East Haven CT
March is International Listening Awareness Month, but what does that really mean? Most people understand what it means to listen, but that doesn’t mean they actually do it in a positive manner. When you’re elderly loved one has been hospitalized, whether it was following a heart attack, stroke, major surgery, injury sustained in an accident or slip and fall, or anything else, there is going to be a period of time for recovery.
If that individual has to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, that is considered a hospital readmission. Finding ways to reduce those rates is incredibly important, at least for hospitals, but it will also have the ancillary benefit of meaning the senior is on the right road to recovery.
So what needs to be done to maximize chances for a full recovery?
One of the most important things anyone can do is listen to what their doctor has to say. When sitting in the hospital bed when the doctor comes in to discuss discharge and instructions the senior should follow once they return home, it’s easy to hear that doctor talking, but it’s not always easy for everyone to actually listen to what he or she is saying.
Pay attention to all of the details. Will the elderly individual have to change his or her diet? Should they be getting exercise? If so, how much exercise and which types are best for this particular individual?
Should they rely on outside assistance, such as a home care aide? If family members are offering their services to help out, this might not be the best option for the senior because of a lack of experience. An experienced caregiver can make a much more positive influence on an elderly individual’s life during recovery. That’s because there are many components to the recovery and if something is overlooked, it might not be noticed for a few weeks or even months. That can slow down recovery and it can also increase the risk of having to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge.
It’s also essential that the senior understands what prescription medications he or she is taking or is ordered to take, when they need to take it, and what it does. They may also want to ask questions about potential side effects so they can be aware of any fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or other side effects associated with those medications.
Listening is about paying close attention to the instructions being provided by the senior’s doctor.
We understand the challenges, both physically and mentally, that are involved in caring for aging parents, as we have had our own personal experiences, and are aware of the demands it places on family members as they endeavor to maintain their own household/lives. We are very passionate about maintaining the integrity of the workers and the dignity of the clients. We strive to make aging and healing a beautiful part of life and realize the importance of staying in ones home to achieve this. Whatever age requires the service.....'There is no place like home'.
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