Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Fairfield CT
After a person has been discharged and sent home from the hospital, if they have to be readmitted within 30 days, that would constitute a readmission. The federal government has been placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce these rates, and while more information and better support for patients once they are sent home has certainly gone a long way toward helping reduce those rates, one significant factor is safety.
A person who is over 65 is considered ‘elderly.’ This age group is at an increased risk of slip and fall accidents, tripping hazards, and more. The older a person is, the less strength he or she will have, at least compared to their younger years.
No matter why the senior was hospitalized in the first place, safety should be a priority once they are discharged and sent home. If they are not safe within the comfort of their own home, it increases the risk of them falling and being injured. It could be the simple act of trying to get out of bed in the morning that causes a fall and subsequent serious injuries.
How to focus on safety.
If the senior was diagnosed with pneumonia, had a heart attack, had major replacement surgery, or something else, they may be discharged and sent to a nursing home for a couple of weeks before they finally get the opportunity to return home. While they are at the hospital or nursing home, nurses and other medical professionals will be on hand to assist them whenever they need it.
Once they are sent home, though, there may not be adequate support. Relying on an experienced home care aide can improve safety in many different ways.
A family member may feel it’s their responsibility to take care of their aging loved one. This could be especially true of an adult child looking after an elderly parent who doesn’t live that far away from them. At the same time, while that is certainly noble, that family caregiver likely doesn’t have a great deal of direct experience supporting a person recovering from this particular medical situation.
An experienced home care aide would be able to support the senior getting out of bed, help him or her get into or out of the shower, go to the bathroom, get to doctor’s appointments, and much more. They may even be able to help with laundry, cooking, and light cleaning.
When a person is safer at home, it reduces the potential risk of a hospital readmission.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Fairfield, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.
As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.
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